Online Learning Update

January 25, 2012

Fla. House Speaker Designate pitches idea for online university

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

By Nathan Crabbe, Gainesville Sun

Florida might be getting a new university, but this one wouldn’t have a football team or athletic facilities, or a physical campus for that matter. Florida House Speaker Designate Will Weatherford on Thursday pitched the idea of creating a completely online university to the Florida Board of Governors. The Wesley Chapel Republican said an online university would address the state’s growing demand for college degrees and comes as students are increasingly taking online courses. “I think we’re on the frontier of online learning. I think it’s going to change the way that our country works. I think it’s going to change the way our world works,” he said. “And I think Florida should lead the country in that endeavor.” With state funding drying up for the construction of educational buildings, Weatherford said an online university would not require an investment in facilities.

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