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CFHE conference marks debut of MOOC video

The Campaign for the Future of Higher Education’s 7th National Gathering drew about 100 faculty, student and organizational leaders to Albany, New York, where the organization held panel discussions and workshops surrounding a theme of “Building Alliances for Access, Equity and Quality.”

The increasing problem of student debt was a main topic at the gathering, as was preserving affordable, quality higher education and building coalitions among community groups and organizations.

“Rising tuition costs—too much of it due to lack of funding from state and federal governments—have kept would-be students away and plunged thousands of young people into six-figure debt that will take years to pay off,” said Fred Kowal, president of United University Professions, a member of CFHE and the host organization. “This is where organizations like CFHE, the United States Student Association, Dream Defenders, NYPIRG and Debt Free Future can be so valuable.

These groups, along with United We Dream, Higher Ed Not Debt, Students for Quality Education, New Jersey United Students…have the ability to bring local, regional and national attention to this important issue.”

The weekend also included the debut of CFHE’s new video, “Online Ed: Teaching Millions or Making Millions?” The video, which raises concerns about the expansion of online college courses and the profit potential of the online education industry, has gained much momentum online and in the news media, resulting in thousands of views on YouTube and via Facebook, and several news stories.

Click here to read U.S. News & World report “Where Do MOOCs Fit in Higher Education.”

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