PENN STATE Names new new Online Learning Head

Congratulations to Dr. Renata Engel, Penn State’s new Vice Provost for Online Learning, http://chronicle.com/article/An-Engineers-Next-Task-at/146469/?cid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en Given the importance of Penn State and the size of their enrollment, the selection of a new leader for their online learning program bears watching for many reasons.  Dr Engel is both an engineer and an expert in educational teaching excellence.  It is apparent that the trustees of Penn State are declaring: we want to significantly grow and develop our online learning program. The cost of traditional “on-ground” undergraduate and graduate higher education is becoming increasingly unsustainable.  Families who believe in the importance of higher education must come up with creative ways to fund their child’s undergraduate degree; in some cases costing up to $60,000 per year.  Likewise, obtaining a graduate degree without inclusion of a full or partial fellowship is a very big challenge for most students.  Using online learning technology to help rein in costs without degradation of the learning experience–while enlarging the student enrollment– is a winning formula.  And, as on the online systems keep improving there will be instances where the data will confirm that the online offerings are simply a better and more effective way to learn difficult and complex subject matter. Large university systems like Penn State will create better and bigger gateways for global learning that may, one day, usher in the 1,ooo,ooo member freshman class.  While traditionalists bemoan the potential degradation of the academy we must balance their concern with the life changing benefits of higher education. KULPER & COMPANY can assist universities and colleges with implementation and refinement of their online learning strategy by assisting with the recruitment of their online learning leadership.

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Keith D. Kulper is the president and founder of KULPER & COMPANY, LLC an executive search consulting firm working in the area of senior level leadership for academia and corporate innovation. We are strong advocates of nurturing the linkage between academic investigation/research and corporate innovation/full commercialization of new product solutions. We specialize in attracting proven leaders who can effectively drive transformational change. The firm operates an Advisory Board that meets annually to bring together leaders from academia and corporate innovation to help drive continuous improvement of our professional practice. We are also an investor in early stage companies. We take pride in supporting the growth and development of business and engineering schools at leading universities throughout the United States.

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