Online Learning Update

January 8, 2014

Small, private colleges fret over online classes

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

By Denise-Marie Ordway, Orlando Sentinel

Millions of students nationwide flock to the Internet for classes, taking advantage of technology to finish a college degree faster, easier and often for less money. But even as more students demand online courses and degrees that can be completed without ever stepping onto campus, some of Florida’s private colleges have resisted the change. At Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida Southern College in Lakeland and other small, liberal arts schools, administrators worry about sacrificing the high-quality, face-to-face instruction they are known for in order to make learning more convenient. They also worry what will happen if they fail to keep up with the online trend. Competition already is fierce for students, who, college officials said, are less willing to borrow money to pay the higher tuition prices many private schools charge.,0,270243.story

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