NEW YORK, Oct. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU) Chief Impact Officer Jim Shelton will be a featured speaker at The Economist Events' second annual Higher Education Forum, participating in a discussion on "Taking the Virtual Leap: Navigating the Online Education Market" at 2:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
The panel session will explore the value that online degrees can provide to universities as a long-term, strategic investment. According to the Babson Survey Research Group, more than 70 percent of chief academic officers agree that online education is critical to their institution's long-term strategy. For those navigating this new market, understanding how to develop online programs that meet, or exceed, the quality and outcomes of on-campus programs is paramount.
Featured speakers for this discussion include:
- Jim Shelton, Chief Impact Officer, 2U
- Lucas Swineford, Executive Director, Digital Dissemination and Online Education, Yale University Center for Teaching and Learning
- AnnaLee Saxenian, Dean, UC Berkeley School of Information
- Harrison Keller, Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin
- Matthew Bishop, Senior Editor, The Economist Group
The Higher Education Forum will bring together experts for a full-day conference to explore the global economic macrotrends shaping the higher education industry and identify market opportunities for institutions of higher education to stay competitive during seismic industry shifts. From big data to bootcamps and nanodegrees, the forum will address how institutions of higher education are adapting their models to think globally, act locally, deliver on the promise of economic mobility and emerge as industry leaders.
2U is a proud platinum sponsor for The Economist Events' second annual Higher Education Forum. For more information on the session and its panelists, please visit 2U's blog. For information on the overall conference, delegates can visit The Economist. Also, join the conversation and connect with attendees and speakers on Twitter via #HigherEdForum.
About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ: TWOU)
2U partners with leading colleges and universities to deliver the world's best online degree programs so students everywhere can reach their full potential. Our Platform, a fusion of cloud-based software-as-a-service technology and technology-enabled services, provides schools with the comprehensive operating infrastructure they need to attract, enroll, educate, support and graduate students globally. Blending live face-to-face classes, dynamic course content and real-world learning experiences, 2U's No Back Row® approach ensures that every qualified student can experience the highest quality university education for the most successful outcome.
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