Online Learning Update

November 28, 2011

Government Accountability Office Calls For More Information About Online Education

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

By Catherine Groux, US News

As online courses become an integral part of academia, the U.S. Department of Education has vowed to increase its oversight of web-based programs to ensure that students are still receiving a quality education. However, a new report by the Government Accountability Office states that the department does not have the proper information to do so, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. A new report urges the Department of Education to gather more data on online education. report states that the department should strive to collect data on which programs receive the most federal financial aid, as well as which schools have the most students using online education. In doing so, the department will be better equipped to target at-risk programs. Additionally, the report, which was requested by Congressional Democrats, states that the department should find ways to use the new data currently being collected by the National Center for Education Statistics to ameliorate its oversight project.

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