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Gain insights into the culture and business of ACS Distance Education, and the wider "world of learning", through these blog postings from our principal/founder John Mason, and staff at the school. Also read about news and views about the education and publishing industry.

The traditional university model is out of date and set to change dramatically, like it or not.

Many and perhaps most academics, are holding onto the past and simply not seeing the tidal wave that is approaching.  This does not mean the end of academia by any means; but there is an inevitable restructuring coming which no one really knows the shape of with any certainty. The only certainty is that the future will look very different to the past, and many who dwell in the past are likely to be shocked to their core.

There is a solid validation of the learning taking place through the courses you offer. The validation exists in seeing courses recognised through recognition of prior learning (RPL) pathways, ultimately leading to student’s learning being formally recognised. The courses you deliver, worthy of such formal recognition, are classed as, or simply called, non-formal and informal learning (NFIFL) courses. 

What side of change are you planning to be on in the education industry of the future?

Education is an industry that really impacts on peoples lives. Along with health and law enforcement; it is an industry that can have a far reaching impact on people if an education institution or the system that controls it does not maintain the highest of ethical standards. 

We at ACS Distance Education have always believed that as an education institution, we have a moral and ethical responsibility to be very risk averse. 

All too often, people have confused ideas about education, learning, recognition & accreditation.

Learning matters a lot today

Qualifications are less important; unless you want to do something that requires a legal license; in which case you can frequently be examined and become licensed after you gain the learning anyway.

"Accreditation too Onerous and Expensive"

The demands of up to 100 course accrediting agencies are imposing an "onerous and extremely expensive" burden on universities and other higher education providers, a new report to federal government finds" (Quote from Higher Education supplement of The Australian Newspaper, November 8, 2017)