Online Learning Update

October 16, 2011

University Leaders and Public Officials Urge State Universities to Embrace Online Learning

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

By Catherine Wood, US News

Technological innovation and online access are key to the survival of public universities facing record-low funding. Leaders from more than 100 state universities gathered in Dallas, Texas on October 6-7th at the Future of State Universities Conference. Hosted by Former Governors Jeb Bush (Florida) and Jim Hunt (North Carolina), the conference brought together thought leaders from across the country to discuss solutions to help public universities succeed in a faltering economy and changing educational landscape. At the forefront of conversations was the financial strain that public universities are facing given the deep federal and state budget cuts that higher education has suffered over the past year. The budget that President Obama proposed in February cut federal funding for higher education by $89 billion over the next 10 years. The new budget will reduce 2012 higher education funding by $10 billion.

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