Kolowich, S. (2009) Another one bites the dust Inside Higher Education, December 9
I was Director of Distance Education at the University of British Columbia, one of the members, when the consortium was formed in 1997 and deeply opposed UBC becoming a member. However, the decision was made by the Vice-President, International, at UBC at the time.
I have no problem with institutions offering online or distance programs overseas, so long as students get the same quality of education and the same qualifications that the students at home would get. But this is not the case with Universitas 21.
Thomson Learning, a branch of the large publishing organization, was responsible for course development and delivery. Adjunct faculty with no affiliation to the member universities are hired to develop and teach programs, and the accrediting agency, Pedagogica 21, is a shell organization created by Universitas 21 to accredit its own degrees.
Universitas 21 is a blatant attempt at marketing the brand name of the member institutions without providing the teaching or the quality assurance that students would get within the individual member institutions. So good riddance to U21 Global, I say, and I hope that the demise of Universitas 21 will soon follow.