In a recent article for EZRA, Cornell University’s magazine, Paul Krause, Vice Provost for External Education and Executive Director of eCornell, discussed the consolidation of eCornell and the university’s other external education offerings under the leadership of the provost’s office.
Krause explained that bringing together eCornell and other external education units under the provost’s office will help the university expand its reach and impact. The office will work with faculty to design and produce learning programs – online, in person or live, or in blended formats – in which people can enroll. The aim of external education is to reach individual students, and to partner with companies and nonprofit organizations to integrate Cornell programs into their employee development plans.
eCornell is known for its online, noncredit certificate programs, having been a pioneer in this type of online program. Cornell has expanded these offerings over the past couple years, becoming a leader for small-cohort, high-impact online programs. The university offers more than 80 programs, which take students three to six months to complete, in professional topics including business and leadership, human resources, healthcare, marketing, technology, hospitality. They also offer programs covering lifelong-learning topics such as photography and nutrition.
In addition to short programs, the external education team has worked with academic units to launch new online and blended master’s degree programs for working professionals. This month (January 2021), the new online Master of Science in Legal Studies (MSLS) program launches, providing education for professionals who work with lawyers and need a good foundation in legal language and concepts.
Finally, Cornell offers interactive keynotes, which Krause describes as “bite-sized, one-hour live events such as panels or interviews” that allow the audience to hear faculty insight on current events or recent research. Recent keynotes include “Guiding our Children through Crisis” and “Racism in America.”
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