Online Learning Update

November 29, 2011

Study: As Enrollment Rises, Institutions see Online Learning as a ‘Critical Part’ of Growth

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by Get Educated

Online learning continues to rise, with roughly 6.1 million college students having taken an online course in the fall semester of 2010, according to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group, (formerly the Sloan Online Survey,) which was released earlier this month. Institutions of higher learning increasingly embrace online education, with 65.5 percent of chief academic officers now calling it “critical” to their institution’s long-term strategy, an opinion that’s risen more than 15 percent over eight years. Sixty-seven percent believe academic outcomes from online classes are equivalent to those in face-to-face learning, but still, one-third of academic leaders think online classes are inferior. “Obviously institutions themselves are moving towards incorporating online learning, largely for two reasons,” says Vicky Phillips, CEO of “One is that consumer demand continues to outstrip availability, and also, it’s much more cost-effective than building more brick and mortar campuses.” Nearly one-third of all college students have taken part in online classrooms in the past year, the new figures show.

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