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Paul Quinn College’s urban college model expands with instructional design partnership

Paul Quinn College, a private, faith-based, four-year, liberal arts-inspired college located in southern Dallas, continues the expansion of its “urban college model” by partnering with iDesign, an instructional design firm that will build an initial set of courses to be launched this summer and will continue to develop additional courses each school year — free of charge — in an agreement structured to improve both access and affordability for Paul Quinn students, 90% of whom are Pell Grant eligible. 

iDesign partners with colleges and universities to build, grow and support online and blended programs. The firm is passionate about helping educational institutions harness the potential of emerging technologies to design courses and degrees that make an impact, whether they are fully online, flipped, blended, adaptive, or competency-based.

Michael Sorrell, Paul Quinn College

President Michael Sorrell

Since 2015, Paul Quinn College has pioneered the “New Urban College Model,” a version of higher education which adapts the Work College system to an urban environment while reducing student tuition and providing students with the ability to graduate with less than $10,000 of student loan debt. Paul Quinn is the first federally recognized Minority Serving Institution (“MSI”) that is a Work College and the first Work College in Texas. The institution’s partnership with iDesign will advance this approach, which emphasizes entrepreneurship and job opportunity, to give busy students the flexibility to earn a degree while gaining valuable work experience. 

“This partnership reflects a belief in the transformative potential of technology to address issues of equity and access for students from under-resourced communities,” says Michael J. Sorrell, Esq., President of Paul Quinn, who was recently named one of The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, alongside influential luminaries like Oprah Winfrey and Tim Cook. “Our relationship with iDesign will be a game-changer.  It is about making it easier for working students across the country to gain the educational experiences necessary to create new pathways to economic opportunity, while balancing career and family priorities.”  

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