Online Learning Update

March 28, 2013

Higher ed experts talk rise of online learning, budget cuts

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

By Sarah Gibson, the Texas A&M Battalion

Professionals in the Texas education system fielded questions Wednesday on challenges facing public and higher education as part of a lecture titled “Cost vs. Quality: The Future of American Higher Education.” During the lecture, presented by the MSC Wiley Lecture Series and the Student Conference on National Affairs, Mary Smith and Robert Scott — professionals in the Texas education system — discussed topics from education reform to budget and research cuts. “We want to blur the lines between high school and college,” Scott said the fine arts as well as trade schools have been severely impacted by recent budget cuts.Students raised their hands when Smith asked audience members if they had taken an online class. “Right now, the coordinating board is seeing a big movement toward online classes,” Smith said. “We feel that by 2020, a large percentage of students will be enrolled in both online and lecture classes.”

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