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Midway College's attempt at creating a pharmacy school shows dangers of assumed quick fix | Inside Higher Ed

Lots of lessons learned in this failed attempt by a small, indenpendent school to create a School of Pharmacy at a branch location.


 Lots of colleges are looking for a miracle cure for what ails them these days.


In 2010, Midway College, a private women's college in Kentucky, thought it had found its wonder drug in the form of pharmacy school. It would be built in Paintsville, a city several hours from the college's main campus, with funds from a major gift. The school, which would be coeducational, could help the college develop an economically disadvantaged section of the country, attract students and tuition dollars, and fill a vital niche in the community.


But after two years and several million dollars spent, the college has nothing to show for its efforts except a damaged reputation, some administrative turnover, and an empty building, with little hope that it will ever be filled. [end quote]

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Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education

Keith Hampson Interviews William Lawton, Director at The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interesting interview:


"KH: Your most recent report, and the subject of an upcoming conference, is international branch campuses (IBCs). What are the factors driving the growth of IBC's?


WL: The main drivers identified in our 2009 were: access to a portion of the international student market that do not wish to or cannot afford to study abroad, the revenues associated with that new market, prestige: visibility as an international institution with global ambitions, opportunities for student and staff mobility between campuses, international teaching experience for academic staff, ability for academic staff to maintain research output while working abroad, increased knowledge and understanding of other cultures on the home campus opportunities to develop new curricula, access to local institutions, including government and industry, a competitive edge in the international higher education market. To these we can add what might be a deciding factor in many cases: financial support from the host government. There are governments, notably in east and southeast Asia, that see IBCs as an integral part of their ‘regional education hub’ aspirations."

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Shift from branch campuses reflects changes in educational delivery and demand

Kevin Kiley of Inside Higher Ed takes off on a blog post by Northeastern University dean (of the Metropolitan College) Jay A. Halfond that we shared a couple of days ago at the website of the New England Board of Higher Education about the decline of regional branch campuses. It's a good read through the growth and decline cycle and into the new growth trend of branch campuses in remote places.

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Should Yale College Faculty Approval be Needed to Build a New Campus in Singapore?

Even if that campus will not be granting Yale College degrees. From the Dean of Faculty: "It is true that the Yale College faculty have never recorded an official vote on the project. Technically that's appropriate since Yale-NUS will not be giving Yale College degrees."


From the Yale College Faculty (YCF) "Yale held a series of “town meetings” prior to finalizing the agreement to create Yale-NUS -- an undergraduate, residential liberal arts college -- and dozens of individual faculty members have served on planning committees. But there has never been a formal Yale College faculty vote on the matter. "The Yale College Faculty is not a 'town,' " said Miller. "We are the constituted body of the professors of arts and sciences at Yale; Yale's reputation comes from us -- not from the corporation" ("the corporation" being the name for Yale’s governing board).


“When Yale went co-ed, the YCF [Yale College Faculty] voted. When, last year, there was a decision about bringing ROTC back, the YCF voted. But when there was a question about setting up the first sister campus bearing Yale's name in 300 years, suddenly it was 'not a project of Yale College,' and we were not allowed to vote; the corporation acted on its own," Miller said.

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