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January 7, 2013

By Craig Weiss

If you are a bricks and mortar college or university, you may be considering offering online courses. Heck, you may have already begun to offer them.

The problem is there is a right way to do it and lots of wrong ways to do it. What I’m seeing is a lot of bad.


When you ask folks what was the first 100% online university most will say the University of Phoenix. Sadly, they would be wrong. The first was Jones International, which also was the first accredited online university. The problem with JI was their name. I mean if you saw that a person had a degree from Jones International, you would immediately think to yourself, “Is that a paper mill school”?

After Jones International, the number of “for-profit” online universities started to pop up everywhere. Yet they still face the same challenges as that of Jones International (despite…

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