Connecticut Professors Yank Support for Regents Chief on Course Content
Ten Connecticut State University system professors have withdrawn their support for Board of Regents President Gregory Gray, citing course content developed by for-profit companies.
The Hartford Courant reports that the professors wrote Monday to the legislature's Higher Education Committee. They cited "disturbing reports" that a plan touted by Gray promotes a "model of `blended learning" in which course content would be developed by outside for-profit companies, rather than by faculty.
Michael Kozlowski, spokesman for the Board of Regents, said in an email that officials have tried to engage all groups committed to improving higher education. He said that by offering online and blended courses, the Regents hope to increase student access to higher education.
Roberta B. Willis, co-chairwoman of the legislature's higher education committee, said it's not a story she hasn't heard before.