Online Learning Update

June 30, 2010

Online learning college promise, perils

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

Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette Editorial

As Indiana’s public institutions of higher learning struggle to serve more students with fewer dollars, news of an eighth state university could be cause for alarm. But Western Governors University may meet a need for more flexible college opportunities for adults, provided safeguards are in place to ensure scarce financial aid dollars are best used. Gov. Mitch Daniels announced this month that Indiana will partner with the non-profit, online university. A marketing campaign is planned. But some caveats on distance education should be noted. One important point is that online courses already are available at most of the state’s existing colleges and universities. Ivy Tech Community College, IPFW and Huntington University all offer online courses, for example.

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