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The Small College Survival Blueprint

08-19-2011 01:47 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Global Academy Online, Inc.

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Author and online education pioneer Dr. Fred DiUlus, CEO and Founder of Global Academy Online, Inc. and the father of online higher education ratings and rankings is an online education revolutionary. Dr. DiUlus' innovative ideas for small liberal arts school survival grew out of a teaching assignment at a small southwestern college twelve years ago where he says he witnessed, "An administration and board of trustees apparently frozen in their ability to attract students to the remote campus in the high desert of New Mexico."

Amidst the oil patch, dairy farming, and ranching that surrounds Lea County, DiUlus, an Associate Professor, Sam Walton Fellow and Director of the school’s largest student organization, the Students in Free Enterprise, he dreamed of bringing the small liberal arts college the wonders of advanced online education and his college firmly into the 21st Century. He was convinced the school using his system would attract an online world-class faculty, develop multiple degree choices that would appeal to global students seeking exceptional innovative curriculum. He was certain, he said, that his program would draw students from around the globe to the small liberal arts college like bears to honey.

Two members of the isolated desert school’s administration agreed with him - the Director of Institutional Development and the Provost. Both, he says were fired for daring to suggest the school should expand in the direction DiUlus was promoting. With his own position in jeopardy and willing to risk everything he owned, Dr. DiUlus resigned and launched with the assistance of four fellow university employees and five former students, Global Academy Online, Inc. The Academy quickly became the premier provider of private-label online courses, faculty to teach them, and the purveyor of an online learning management system that has become the #1 system in the world.

What evolved was unheard of in academia. DiUlus and his colleagues loosed on higher education a patent qualified system that permits any college, university or eLearning organization, regardless of size, resources, or location, a unique ability to offer extensive online curriculum and instruction from a single source. The confidential, private-label granting source was Global Academy Online.

Taking a partner organization’s existing in-house resources, the Academy installs a system that does not require hiring a single new faculty member or investing one dollar for development aside from the initial license fee. Almost instantly, a college is possessed of an internal ability to add qualified, accredited instructors and curriculum online. Today, almost ten years after the installation of the first system, Global Academy Online serves and partners with institutions and individuals on five continents.

The Academy system is totally invisible to the public. Learners of client institutions see excellent, previously unavailable online courses and degree programs they can take from anywhere in the world. Instruction may come from their university's Academy trained faculty that has substantially been enhanced by The Academy’s own adjunct pool. DiUlus offers that the Academy’s faculty pool of over 200 is "second to none."

Over the years, Global Academy Online has added multiple private-label degree programs, five major divisions plus three non-profit online schools under the Academy funded cyber based education foundation, the Center for Ethics in Free Enterprise. Divisions include a public relations and promotion marketing unit, a credential and student verification services division, a University Builder financial services arm to assist partner schools in expansion funding, an Asian division to promote international education and development between North America and Asia and an assessment/recruiting division to assist licensed and accredited universities and colleges with their expansion and retention.

DiUlus notes that the Academy will put an isolated one of a kind course and one exceptional professor inside an existing college anywhere in the world or if the school desires it, an entire degree program with the qualified staff to teach every course. He goes on to say, “We also can assist a traditional school or start-up organization create, form and fund the organization of a brand new online school or training facility from beginning to operational readiness.”

To become a member of Global Academy Online’s faculty pool requires a yearlong screening process. According to Sr. Vice President and Director of Communications, LaFonda Oliver-Bowen “Teaching for Global Academy Online partner schools provides our faculty exceptional opportunities to teach within innovative education environments while contributing to the advancement of learning throughout the world.”

The late Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, cautioned college administrators and educators with his ominous scenario that brick and mortar traditional universities as known today will not exist in a generation. DiUlus concludes the Academy offers schools a path to future survival and success. ”At risk institutions like these can not only survive the future but live to compete with any school, draw students from anywhere, and do it all to such an extent, they can not even begin to imagine."

Dr. DiUlus is the author of several books including the free annual eBook BEST WORST ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM PROVIDERS. His latest book on education is THE ONLINE UNIVERSITY THAT IS BEST FOR YOU. It will be released this summer and will be available from booksellers.

Global Academy Online, Inc., (the Academy), is an international online education university builder. The Academy is a premier provider of private label online education curriculum and instruction to colleges, universities, eLearning, and distance online education institutions on five continents. The Academy is the oldest continuous ratings publisher of the best and worst online schools for undergraduate and graduate students worldwide.

Global Academy Online, Inc.
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Washington DE 20006
LaFonda Oliver-Bowen
Sr. VP

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