Our Administration has taken a wrong turn!
As faculty and lecturers of Eastern Michigan University, we are proud to be part of EMU’s strong tradition of public service. Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to a diverse student body. Sadly, our administration has taken a wrong turn. In November 2016, EMU president James Smith signed a contract with Academic Partnerships, a private, for-profit firm in Texas, to market EMU-branded degrees entirely online – with no in-person classroom instruction. These degrees will carry the EMU name. But they won’t have the quality, scholarship and service that are hallmarks of a true EMU education:
• Students may never interact with their professors.
• In fact, there may not actually be professors for some courses.
• The actual work of teaching – online discussion, tutoring, and
grading – will likely be done by online “coaches.”
• These “coaches” will teach EMU students but won’t work for
EMU. They won’t even work for Academic Partnerships. They
will be hired by another out-of-state firm called Instructional
Connections – which pays them extremely low wages.
For these online degrees, Academic Partnerships will walk away with 50% of EMU tuition and fees.
EMU and Academic Partnerships are already marketing and delivering a completely online Nursing degree. More programs, including entirely online Bachelor’s degrees, are set to launch in January. It’s time to hit the pause button and send this secretive deal back to the EMU faculty for a thorough review. Online instruction has a place in higher education. But it should never totally replace the world-class teaching and scholarship that takes place on our campus.
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