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Dr. John Ebersole
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Dr. Ebersole is president of Excelsior College, one of America’s oldest and largest providers of distance education. He is also a member of the American Council on Education’s Commission on Lifelong Learning and author of the adult education profile COURAGEOUS LEARNING.

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On Becoming a Veteran

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 5:56 PM

The road to veteran status is long, narrow, bumpy and filled with unexpected twists and turns. It starts for most with an enlistment of three to four years in one of the armed services. It is here that the road narrows. Only one in four Americans is now considered fit...

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Reflections on Service

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Over the course of my work life I have carried a number of titles. Today, some of you know me as "president." In an earlier career, my titles included "skipper" and "commander." More recently, it has been "dean," and "doctor." However, none of these is more important to me than...

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Is an Education in the Liberal Arts Important?

(11) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 10:42 AM

The results of two separate surveys were announced the week of September 16 that provide very interesting insights into the American job market. One addressed the opinions of those who hire candidates for jobs and the other reported on the salaries of those who get hired.


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The 12 Myths of MOOCs

(16) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 3:04 PM

In a recent survey of several hundred educators, only 13 percent of schools today offer MOOCs, but 43 percent plan to offer them by 2016. So if we agree the trend is here to stay, let's take a look at the growing mythology of Massive Open Online Courses.

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Toward Sustainable MOOCs

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:27 PM

MOOCS continue to dominate discussions regarding technology, access and cost. The degree to which they can be seen as sustainable appears to be receding as a concern. A variety of applications and business models have started to emerge. From what I have been able to learn, these now include:


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Where Is Your Carrot?

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 4:40 PM

What motivates any of us to action (or inaction) can depend largely upon how far away the perceived reward may be.

A recent study, reported at eCampus News, concluded that the level to which a student had a "stake in the game" had an influence on overall...

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Help From the Boss: The Role of Business in the Degree Completion Agenda

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 11:12 AM

As President of Excelsior College, it should come as no surprise that I am an unabashed advocate for degree completion - and have written as much on the subject in this space.

Therefore it should be equally as unsurprising that I view higher education to be a key to...

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Higher Education Isn't a Political Issue

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 12:31 PM

In my previous writings and those of others, the importance of earning a postsecondary credential has been emphasized. President Obama has set a 60 percent degree completion rate by 2025. Governor Romney's platform says that "...all students should have the opportunity to attend a college that best suits their needs."...

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Saving Money, Saving Jobs

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 11:57 AM

President Obama's call for more American workers to earn a degree is based upon findings that date back to the previous administration and the report of the Spellings Commission on the future of higher education in the U.S. Simply put, the Commission found that we do not have...

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Help Wanted

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 3:52 PM

As we move ever closer to this fall's presidential election, we hear more and more about our country's high rate of unemployment. As this is written, it stands at 8.2%, nationally. This means that over 10 million Americans do not have a job (based on a civilian workforce of approximately...

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Why Does College Cost So Much?

(8) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 8:03 PM

Between 1997-2007, home prices increased by nearly 70 percent. In that same period, college costs grew even more rapidly, by over 80 percent. As a result, average student loan debt has grown to over $25,000. The total amount owed exceeds our country's collective credit card debt. What is going on?

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