Online Learning Update

August 20, 2011

Will high costs lead to the extinction of on-campus learning? Is online learning the answer?

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

by Michael Weldon, Chicago Tribune

The price of living on or near campus may have reached a tipping point. Because now there is another viable option: online learning, where the cost of living on campus is zero. According to, 216 online colleges and universities will extend their passwords to students this fall. These schools run from Kaplan University and the megamarketer University of Phoenix to traditional institutions such as Arizona State University and Washington State University. Online enrollment at virtual, online-only and traditional universities and colleges offering online classes increased 21 percent in 2009, according to the Sloan Consortium’s 2010 survey of online learning. The report says more than 5.6 million students took at least one class online, and 75 percent of the 2,500 colleges and universities surveyed report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online learning.,0,4800172.story

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