Ivy League Online?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by ShotoJuku, Sep 21, 2007.

  1. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Frequently schools of this sort are referred to as "the little ivies." I do not believe that there is a clear set of members for this group and so some status seeking people try to include their school when in conversation. Some people believe (perhaps with some good reason) that a degree from such a school is actually better. The reasoning generally follows this line.
    The difference between the Ivies and the little ivies is that much more research comes out of the Ivies. The Professors at the little ives are geared much more toward teaching. As these are smaller schools, these teaching oriented instructors are able to give more time and attention to their students. Superior education is the result. You don't have to buy it but to me it seems like a good argument. Here's my mini-challenge, who can name "The Five Colleges?" (it's an actual known group with five distinct members)
  2. fortiterinre

    fortiterinre New Member

    Ted wins a gold star--I always want to stick Sarah Lawrence in there too. Wiki lists 13 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ivies. While smaller colleges have smaller classes, I suspect faculty at smaller schools are as obsessed with publishing as we all are, so while the classroom environment is different I suspect any extra time and attention for students is an effect of fewer competitiors for the prof's time in the form of fewer fellow students. I have a friend who is a Colby alum and is having a devil of a time getting into grad school, so maybe I am biased.
  3. macattack

    macattack New Member

  4. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Sarah Lawrence is a good school too, the first to offer an Master of Arts in Women's History. But I think one of the qualifiers for being a Seven Sisters school was a nineteenth century founding date and Sarah Lawrence, if I am not mistaken, was founded in 1928.
  5. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    After the "Seven Sisters", the most widely recognized grouping of liberal arts colleges is probably the "Little Three" of Williams College, Amherst College, and Wesleyan University. There has been a three-way athletic competition between these schools since the late 1800s.

    The "Big Three" (of Harvard, Yale, and Princeton) and the "Little Three" are thought to the only college athletic "conferences" that were known to 19th-Century sports fans, and which are still recognized without change today.

    Nowadays, of course, the "Big Three" play in the Ivy League, and the "Little Three" play in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. But these are much more recent groupings. The term "Ivy League", for example, apparently was not coined until the 1930s, and it wasn't specifically associated with the current group of eight schools until the 1950s. But even though they are formally members of larger leagues, a member of one group that beats the other two is still recognized as a "Big Three Champion" or "Little Three Champion".

    The term "Little Ivies" is often used to include other eastern liberal arts colleges, like Swarthmore or Middlebury. But this is an informal term and has no fixed definition.
  6. collegeblogger

    collegeblogger New Member

    A few months ago I looked into the Ivy League online programs and posted some info on my blog... I'd paste the post here, but it's a tad lengthy. :p

    Here's the link:
    Ivy League Online Programs
  7. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    I think many people (I was one of them) think "University of Pennsylvania" is a public school, hence the confusion.

    Are there any other "University of (insert state here)" which are private schools besides Penn?
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    New York University is private. There are some examples of "[State Name] College" that are private schools.
  9. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Brown University - Not that I know of
    Columbia University - EdD in Adult Education via AEGIS (Adult Education Guided Independent Study)
    Cornell University - eCornell certificates
    Dartmouth College - No online programs that I know of, but they used to be listed in the old Bear's Guides for their four-summer MALS
    Harvard University - Extension School ALB and ALM
    University of Pennsylvania - Executive EdD
    Princeton University - Not that I know of
    Yale University - Not that I know of
  10. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    Columbia also offers DL master's degrees in education and engineering as well as the PD in Engineering (which represents one year of coursework beyond the master's).
  11. lucozade

    lucozade New Member

    How about U21Global's online MBA program? It is being promoted by UK's University of Glasgow and Sweden's Lund University which in my opinion are well established, reputable universities:

    UK: http://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/business/content/home.html

    Sweden: http://www.lu.se/o.o.i.s/3469

    US/Canada: http://www.u21global.ca

    Singapore: http://www.u21global.edu.sg

    They are now backed by 21 universities including Waseda U (Japan) and U of Dehli (India); from U21's Q4 2007 newsletter, it looks like their AACSB accreditation application is progressing well and this should make their EFMD-CEL accredited MBA program more attractive to the North American audience.

    - Lucozade
  12. soupbone

    soupbone Active Member

    Yep this thread is as old as dirt but I was curious if there was an updated list of the Ivy League programs out there? Undergrad, Doctorates and all in-between.
  13. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    As far as last discussion that Brown University offers EMBA in partnership with a school in Europe.
  14. heimer

    heimer New Member

  15. soupbone

    soupbone Active Member

  16. AUTiger00

    AUTiger00 New Member

    Dartmouth offers this online program through their Exec Ed program at the Tuck School of Management.

    Tuck Executive Education -- Online Bridge Program
  17. GeneralSnus

    GeneralSnus Member

  18. soupbone

    soupbone Active Member

  19. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef


    Soup - nice change in sig line. Congrats :)
  20. soupbone

    soupbone Active Member

    Thanks! Without help from people like you I would never have made it. I've always appreciated the advice, and always thoroughly think about people's opinions here. Hopefully in a few weeks it will include Penn State for the masters program. I've been debating a postgrad cert in a field related to environmental science, climate change, coastal restoration, etc. to compliment this Penn State program but I'm not sure what direction to go. I notice Harvard Extension School has a graduate program in Environmental Studies which is interesting but I'm really only looking for a cert in one of those fields.

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