Columbus State Degreein3 #USGRockEagle13

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Mary Covington, Executive Director, IT Services, Columbus State University

Notes from session:

    • Program:
      • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant.
      • Degree in 3 years. 1st year get a certificate. 2nd year get an Associates. 3rd year get a degree.
      • $18,000 degree.
      • At least 1/3rd low income.
      • Early intervention.
      • All online courses. Standardization of course design.
    • Session talk:
      • Columbus State University owns computers and loan to students for 3 years. (After graduation, student keeps the computer.)
      • Proctored tests. Google Chromebooks, but Lockdown browser does not work on them. ProctorU used instead.
      • Since all the data really is up in the cloud, easily exchange the machine.
      • Students signed commitment letter to send the machine back. Only close call, the student changed mind after talking to an advisor.
      • 100% online degree technical support, 24/7 campus support, outsource after hours.
    • Lessons learned:
      • Know the funding plan
      • Do not specify type of technology in the grant.
      • IT people make IT decisions.
      • Vendors will try to coerce.
      • Know purchasing processes.
      • Just in time purchasing is hard.
      • Warranty process not well understood.
      • Students already have access to a computer or library already.
    • Next steps
      • In year 3 of 3.
      • 4 more sessions.

Got to explain what is Collaborative Programs, Georgia ONmyLINE, and Ingress for the presenter.

Regent NeSmith

I knew some things about William “Dink” H. NeSmith, Jr. a relatively new member of University System of Georgia Board of Regents through a friend and former coworker, Andy Fore, who personally knows Dink.

  • Jesup, Georgia
  • publishes newspapers
  • nice guy

Dink dropped by to tour our facility and answer questions.

One of the more interesting answers to a question about expanding distance learning had to do Dink’s belief online is the direction of the future and with the University of Phoenix operating in our state. He would rather see the money students give them come to us instead. The sense I get is Georgia ONmyLINE intends to help Georgians locate the online class options available to students. The project I work on, GeorgiaVIEW, provides the online class infrastructure. Another project I help intends to provide a more seamless integration between schools for those registering with Georgia ONmyLINE. Guess we are cutting edge?