metaCAMPUS & The H-1B “Brain” Visa

With the potential of a new era of global protectionism and ‘extreme’ vetting fo­­r immigrants to the United States on our near horizon, at least one thing needs to remain constant to keep the United States relevant in the arena of international business: a constant churn of young talent ready to join the labor force with job ready, hands-on, verifiable technical skills that global corporations demand.

If the US labor force can’t accomplish this domestically, corporations will continue to, as they have in the recent past, go off shore for technical talent to countries like India, China and Bulgaria where these technical skills like Object Oriented Programming, Web Development and Database Design, among others are still relatively cheap.

Our nation has two essential ways to remain globally competitive with regard to keeping the brains that make our economically and strategically vital infrastructure function:

1.       Invest in and maintain a domestic pool of technically adept knowledge workers

2.       Import a pool of technically adept knowledge workers from select trading partner nations

Without these people and these types of technical skills, vital functions of our economy like the internet could simply cease to function. It is imperative therefore, without a significant Federal investment in educational infrastructure into the college transfer and articulation process, for us to, at a minimum to review and improve upon the process for bringing these brains to the United States.­­­

Today the H-1B program, put together by the Department of Labor, allows about 65,000 immigrants to enter the country each year as temporary workers. The incoming administration needs to expand H-1B program, not reduce it. The current lottery process does not insure that we are bringing in the best and brightest, just the luckiest. The administration also needs to insure that the technical infrastructure that supports the H-1B implements the latest technologies available for vetting the imported skills, and that there is indeed a ROI for the American public, that there is a path to citizenship in place for temporary workers, and that at least a majority of the money from high paying jobs that are facilitated via the H-1B are re-invested in the United States.

How does metaCAMPUS support a ‘to-be’ H-1B Visa Process?

Imagine a world that by 2020 facilitates the tracking and approval of accredited curriculum through a purely digital process. Institutions of higher learning in India, China, Bulgaria and the United States would be able to review student learning outcomes and curriculum outlines, where global brick and mortar and digital learners would be able to store and share, secure branded tokens of competency in particular skills sets. An undergraduate student or experienced engineer, would be able to release their branded, verified competencies to the US Department of Labor, allowing the number of annual H-1B Visa immigrants to jump from 65,000 to 650,000 by circumventing the archaic, paper burdened H-1B degree vetting process and credential verification.

Such a solution exists in concept today, and with your support we will be ready to demonstrate a working prototype by 2017. To find out more about how metaCAMPUS supports the H-1B via its unique system of metaBADGES email info@metacampus.com or fill out the form below:

metaCAMPUS MOOA | International H1-B Solution

Seattle, WA – 9/9/2014

metaCAMPUS, takes Disruptive Innovation to mean BIG things. Today we are pleased to announce the upcoming release of our second MOOA white paper, scheduled for October, 2016 titled:

“Standardization of Competency Management at the Middle of the Pyramid | metaCAMPUS as an H1-B INS Data Validation Solution”

For more information please contact our Director of Communications, Katherine Marin at katherinenmartin at metacampus.com

Also, if you haven’t seen our new website please go ahead and visit us at http://www.metacampus.com

 

metaCAMPUS Team | info@metacampus.com

ASP.NET Shell Is Up and Running

Seattle, 10/7/2015

A new ASP.NET shell is up and running for the metaCAMPUS site.

All pages are now running using the .aspx extension and connected with a MS SQL database.

Soon fully functional logins for the admin and student sites will be added to the production website at http://www.metacampus.com.

 

metaCAMPUS 2020 – A Vision of the Future, Global Campus

Bellevue, WA – 5/16/2014

We will be making a white paper of our disruptive vision available to those of you on our mailing list. Please use the form below to contact us or if you would like to receive a copy!

metaCAMPUS MOOA White Paper – Available in April, 2014.

Bellevue, WA – 3/26/2014

On the heels of its recent success with submitting its first Small Business Innovation Research grant, provided through the US Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, metaCAMPUS hopes to accelerate its progress toward developing the first globally marketable MOOA solution by designing and delivering its new corporate landing page, international affiliate pages, and the founding of its non-profit arm, the metaCAMPUS Policy Institute for competency based learning advocacy.

We will also be providing a public white paper for those people who might be interested in doing some light reading. The white paper will be a revised version of the metaCAMPUS SBIR grant submission, and will discuss the unique market opportunity to develop the metaCAMPUS MOOA network.

If you or someone you know has an interest in our grant submission, please fill out the form below or contact us by emailing info@metacampus.com:

metaCAMPUS & SEA Usability Partnership

Bellevue, WA 3/12/2014 –  metaCAMPUS is pleased to announce that as part of its application process for SBIR Grant funding, that it intends to create a usability research study that will focus on mature, low-income and independent young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 in partnership with Seattle Education Access,  a Seattle based non-profit group that is focused on assuring the attainment of higher education for under privileged urban youth.

If funded, metaCAMPUS & SEA will partner to design, develop and deliver usability and market research studies focused on the needs of this underprivileged demographic. The plan includes an incentive driven, monthly usability case study program focused on particular areas of need, as well as student interaction with the web. The study will be delivered via the web through simple survey tools and user interaction with the metaCAMPUS suite of applications.

A large sample of the market demographic will include single income, single mothers with GED and some college educational background as well as migrant youth between the ages of 18 and 25. By completing the study we hope to expose the daily struggles of these demographics by gathering data, and then developing and delivering solutions that meet the demographic’s immediate needs.

More information on the metaCAMPUS SBIR Grant project and its partnership with SEA  can be found by contacting metaCAMPUS through the form below or at 210.816.1601.

Media Contact: Marissa Wilson | Grant Coordinator, metaCAMPUS LLP – mwilson@metacampus.com

metaCAMPUS & the .MCx Data Standard

3/12/2014 – Bellevue, WA

metaCAMPUS | Disruptive Innovation for Higher Education.

Today our team is pleased to announce its provisional filing date for the metaCAMPUS workflow process. We are still working out some assignment details but our team should have a complete update by the end of the next few weeks.

metaCAMPUS LLP hopes to deliver a successful SBIR Grant RFP to the US Department of Education, IES Division by the end of the calendar month.

Please contact us at 1.210.816.1601, at info@metacampus.com  or by filing out the form below:

metaCAMPUS to Offer Hosted Application Management Platform

Bellevue, WA – 2/21/2014.

Moving with the trend of web-services and hosted solution development platforms, metaCAMPUS hopes to capitalize on an emerging business model before the end of calendar 2014. The metaCAMPUS ISV Suite of services will offer a .NET/C# and MS SQL Stack docking platform allowing for an infrastructure of web-based, a-la-cart, best of breed ERP options focused on higher education.

metaCAMPUS, Experience API & Assessment Based Learning via Standards of Competency

Bellevue, WA  – 2/3/2014

To all you football fans, Go Hawks! Now on to things that are more important…

When we came into 2014, online education seemed to be on a precipice. MOOCs seemed to have some momentum.

Coursera had just announced a global expansion of its curriculum providers. Some basic business models  evolved. Coursera began to make revenue from its “verified certificates” and grew to over $1 million in annual sales. The future seemed bright when the accrediting bodies seemed at a phase where they were coming to understand competency based education, assessment and continuous improvement (which are much needed core competency knowledge bases to be learned from the private and “for-profit” sector). What happened to all that noise? Are we further along, falling behind? The truth is, no one really knows how to measure education except by budgets or by profits. And so it goes…

The tightening noose of venture capital began to have its sway on young MOOC companies in the transition to 2014. Other than “sequenced certificates” the year stayed mostly quiet for MITx, which followed after Coursera once it had showed verified certificates to be a viable business model; but probably the greatest shocker was: Sebastian Thrun announcing  the departure of Udacity from higher education.

The “god father of online education” could it be that you are frustrated with the system?  Is corporate training and professional development truly the path to follow? Would you follow the way of your local community college CE & Extended Studies department? The battle there is even more difficult – you compete with budget from the academics… who eat up fat contracts from legacy ERP’s that aren’t compatible with the web, with no basis in embracing the web, being open and available for web services etc. So what of corporate and customized training departments? How are they supposed to compete, or are they a dying breed?

The truth is, online education is still missing one big piece. How to differentiate itself when it comes to quality against the brick-and-mortar institution. How does a public online education business create a culture of continuous improvement for itself and in the broader context of the  higher education academy? Does that mean you accept standards? IACEE Standardized Score Cards? Is an international body part of the solution?

One thing seems clear. If we were to implement a common model and framework across all institutions to be able to accept and share tokens of branded worth that could cross reference the student learning outcomes to the curriculum of other such sources we would be closer to solving for the complicated technological challenges of articulation and transfer of students across State  and intra-State lines, as well as streamline a variety of other data driven, value adding capabilities like accreditation review, program review & assessment, etc.

In order to accomplish this, you would need to:

1. Define standards for competency in a mix of programs,

2. Define specific student learning outcomes you might be able to tie an assessment to,

3. Index the student learning outcomes against the courses and programs within an institution,

4. Index this against all institutions within a State,

5. Index multiple States.

6. Tie Student Learning Outcomes to tokens that can be synced with a unique Student ID

7. Allow the Student to be able accept those tokens into their own Store or Backpack

8. Students can Share Outcomes from their Store or Backpack to other sources.

Please use the contact form below for more information:

metaCAMPUS launches Admin Gateway Management Service

Bellevue, WA – January 19, 2014

metaCAMPUS launches its soon to be administrative gateway service for access to verified student competency data into development. admin.metacampus.com will use Windows Azure active directory technology to create a single-sign-on interface to seamlessly connect with institutional and corporate single sign-on implementations.

metaCAMPUS LLP is excited to announce this new addition to its growing suite of nimble, web-based, service applications.