Online Learning Update

October 26, 2018

Online Programs in Continuing Higher Ed Struggle to Retain Students, Find Faculty

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

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology
Even as online enrollments continued growing (3 percent last year) while overall higher education enrollments fell, a new survey among deans and directors has uncovered a “mismatch” between the online programs they help deliver and student preferences. For example, while online students have expressed demand for credentials in computing and IT or health and medicine, respondent schools have shown a preference in their online program choices to focus on social science, criminal justice and law. Also, while students pursuing online courses want financial aid, 57 percent of respondent schools don’t offer scholarships. These kinds of disconnects, according to a report on the findings, result in “mass-market opportunities that are being lost” by the institutions.┬áSource: “Online Learning in Continuing Higher Education: Current Practices and Planned Initiatives,” from theAssociation for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and Learning House

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