ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY The Future Today Frits Pannekoek, President Athabasca University
Some Statistics• 40,000 students taking 70,000 courses• 70 program, 900 courses• 74% first in family to have a degree• 3 doctoral programs• Largest M.A. program• Largest Nursing program• A number of research institutes (E learning, Project Management, Athabasca River Basin)
Quality Environment• Only Canadian University accredited in the U.S.• One the four research intensive universities in Alberta• A Provincial University subject to the Provincial Quality Agency• Courses fully transferable to 64 Canadian post secondary institutions
Quality Environment• All courses are carefully designed to ensure consistent learning outcomes.• All courses subject to peer review• All programs subject to normal five year reviews• All professional programs are accredited• All courses tutored by at least someone with an M.A
The Difference• Remove all barriers to learning• Anyone in – over 18• Continuous enrolment in most programs• Prior Learning Assessment program• Learning Support Structures• Home/group and on line study
The Difference• Fewer faculty – faculty as content specialists• University ownership of the course IP• Focus on outcomes not inputs• Scalability• Lower per unit costs• Focus on student as the learner, their context, and their community.• Focus on IT rather than traditional infrastructure
The Resistance• Competition• International resistance• New international laws• Quality “red herring”• The Ranking Industry and its impact• The new/old competition
The Future• Re evaluation of the value chain in post secondary environment must happen – there will be new structures• For example - Best first year• Digital environments – i.e. OER’s, Learning Analytics, social software etc.