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Jerry P. Becker

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[ME] Education on the Internet!
Posted: Sep 6, 1999 10:06 PM
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[Note: I find this development quite interesting ... with big implications.]

From the University of Chicago Chronicle, July 15, 1999 / Volume 18, No.
19, p. 2

University one of four elite institutions to join UNext.com

When UNext.com, a privately held Internet education company, launches its
first online business course later this summer, the University will be one
of four elite institutions participating in this new, educational venture.

The University, along with Columbia University Business School, Stanford
University and the London School of Economics and Political Science, has
joined the academic alliance formed by the UNext.com to initially offer an
online business curriculum to corporate clients. UNext.com's first
corporate customer is IBM Global Services, whose employees will study
finance beginning later this summer. Additional courses will be offered in
the fall to other corporations and next year to individuals.

Professors at Chicago who serve on the academic advisory board to UNext.com
are Nobel Laureate Gary Becker, University Professor of Economics and
Sociology; John Gould, the Steven G. Rothmeier Professor and Distinguished
Service Professor in the Graduate School of Business and former GSB Dean;
and Nobel laureate Merton Miller, the Robert R. McCormick Distinguished
Service Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School of Business.

UNext.com will introduce the business curriculum through its new online
educational "community" called Cardean. Coursework in the curriculum will
be developed by faculty members from the participating academic

Provost Geoffrey Stone explained the advantage of the University's
involvement. "The internet provides an extraordinary opportuity to expand
our educational outreach to a much larger constituency.

"UNext.com is so interesting because it creates a consortium of world-class
universities, enabling each of them to participate in a comprehenseive,
online educational program without having to take the financial risk of
making such large investments."

UNext.com's online course offerings will be delivered using Lotus
LearningSpace, a distributed learning platform supported by Lotus and IBM.

Eventually, UNext.com will seek full accreditation for Cardean to offer an
M.B.A. degree program online. UNext.com's chairman and chief executive
officer Andrew Rosenfield, a University Trustee, anticipates coursework and
enrollment expansion as early as 2000.

Jerry P. Becker
Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, IL 62901-4610 USA
Fax: (618) 453-4244
Phone: (618) 453-4241 (office)
(618) 457-8903 (home)
E-mail: jbecker@siu.edu

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