Online Learning Update

January 27, 2014

Online Higher Ed’s Profit Potential Aids in Driving Push Toward ‘Innovation’

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:12 am

by Susan Meisenhelder, Huffington Post

Profit potential and bottom lines — not increased access for students — are the underlying motivation behind the recent push toward online higher education, according to research by the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education. Private companies and investors have exploited the money-making potential of this latest trend in higher education, partnering with both public and private universities to offer factory-farm-type courses that often fail to do much more than make money for the corporations behind them, according to “The ‘Promises’ of Online Higher Education: Profits,” one of three research papers released by the group and available online.

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