Plumbing the Depths of Online Learning

Inside Higher Ed reports that Kenneth C. Green, director of the Campus Computing Project, has released a study today of online education programs detailing that even though online university initiatives are exploding, many colleges have little knowledge of how to properly administer them, whether the programs are profitable, and how they stack up compared to traditional classroom learning. (Click here to download a PDF of the report.)

Steve Kolowich of Inside Higher Ed writes:

The study, based on a survey of senior officials at 182 U.S. public and private nonprofit colleges, found that 45 percent of respondents said their institution did not know whether their online programs were making money. Forty-five percent said they had reorganized the management of their online programs in the last two years, with 52 percent anticipating a reshuffling within the next two years. And while a strong majority of the administrators surveyed said they believed the quality of online education was comparable to classroom learning, about half said that at their colleges the professors are in charge of assessing whether that is true.

Daniel Fromson

Daniel Fromson is an editorial intern at the Washington Monthly. He previously interned at Harper's Magazine, and he has written for Dow Jones Newswires and the Wall Street Journal.