Widespread Online Learning is On Its Way

Here’s a Reuters article on online higher education and the key role it will have in fulfilling Obama’s ambitious college access goals:

The online education sector grew 13 percent last year and had been growing at about 20 percent in previous years. Nearly one in four students take at least some college courses online, up from one in 10 in 2002. Two million students, most older than the traditional 18-22 year-old undergraduates, take all their courses online and two million more take one or more online course.

There’s a real market here, especially as fewer and fewer people will be able to afford exiting the workforce for any significant length of time.

Oh, and if you haven’t read Kevin Carey’s excellent Washington Monthly article on this subject yet, you definitely should. It’s here.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.