Michigan Virtual hires business strategist to capture the voice of the customer and enhance product portfolio

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Michigan Virtual added an accomplished business strategist to its leadership team with the hiring of Ray Batt as Vice President of Business Strategy.

Batt has over 25 years of service delivery, operations and general management experience, including the past six years at RR Donnelley, a leading integrated communications services provider, where he was vice president of sales. Before that, he was at Bowne & Co., Inc., which Donnelley acquired in 2010. Batt plans to use his experience to help Michigan Virtual determine what its stakeholders need today and what they will need tomorrow while helping Michigan Virtual maintain its leadership position in online learning.

“Ray has more than two decades of successful executive leadership experience in the business world. His accomplishments in strategic planning, service delivery excellence, business development, management and innovation are impressive,” Jamey Fitzpatrick, President & CEO of Michigan Virtual, said. “Michigan school districts will benefit from Ray’s expertise, as well as from his passion for capturing the voice of the customer in guiding Michigan Virtual’s future product and service development efforts.”

Michigan Virtual, Michigan’s online learning leader, offers online courses to middle and high school students and professional development solutions to Michigan educators. Through its online school, Michigan Virtual for Students, and online and blended learning research arm, the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Michigan Virtual advances personalized education for all learners.

Batt said he’s ready to move to the nonprofit world after years of working for large public companies.

“I am thrilled and excited to be part of a team that is having a positive impact on young lives by bringing them access to educational opportunities and learning options through technology,” he said.

Batt will help Michigan Virtual assess its current products and services and look toward developing innovative online solutions for students and educators.

“After a successful career at companies with headquarters outside of Michigan, I am very excited about the opportunity to work for a Michigan-based organization that is a recognized leader in making learning accessible and pertinent to its constituents.”

About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual is a private, nonprofit Michigan corporation established by the State of Michigan in 1998 to serve as a champion for online learning. It is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual for Students and Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute.

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About Michigan Virtual

Michigan Virtual™ (formally known as Michigan Virtual University®) provides online courses for Michigan students, professional development for educators and is the parent organization of the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute®. As a nonprofit organization with more than 20 years of experience, Michigan Virtual is Michigan’s leading voice in online education. Visit us at michiganvirtual.org.

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Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.