Online Learning Update

May 29, 2014

How to graduate more students with bachelor’s degrees in Washington state

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

by Eric Spangeberg, Seattle Times

A common barrier to innovation is hesitancy in changing our view of what constitutes a college experience. In the future — indeed, even now — institutions will not be collections of buildings, but a combination of those fixed assets along with innovative people using technology to meet students where they are, delivering relevant and affordable educational opportunities. Efficiencies are obvious: It takes the same number of faculty to deliver the same degree program online to 10 times the number of face-to-face students. Instead of constructing unnecessary buildings at locations around our state, devote more intellectual and financial resources to developing new models for offering degree programs. Perhaps blended programs mixing face-to-face with online delivery make the most sense moving forward for many degree programs, as WSU is developing in Everett. (NOTE: Eric Spangenberg, originally from Kelso, is leaving as dean of The Carson College at Washington State University to become dean of The Merage School at University of California Irvine.)

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