Online Learning Update

June 21, 2013

HBCU’s Inching Toward the Internet

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:09 am

By Lauren Ingeno, Inside Higher Ed

Public historically black colleges and universities have made some — but not drastically significant — progress in terms of their online education offerings, while private HBCUs have had no gains in the past three years. Growth in the total number of historically black colleges offering online programs has been steady yet modest, says a new report from Roy Beasley, who manages the Digital Learning Lab at Howard University. Of the 106 total historically black institutions in the United States, 27 — or about 25 percent — offer fully online degree programs, compared with 24 in 2012 and 19 in 2010, according to the report. The number of public HBCUs offering such programs increased from 18 last year to 21 in 2013. But only six of the 55 private HBCUs currently offer online programs, which is a number that has stayed stagnant since 2010.

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