Faculty Organization Claims Savings Of Online Education Are Missing

Career College Central summary:

  • The idea that online-only programs in higher education will save both students and colleges money may be just a far off "pipe dream," according to a new report from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education.
  • The national faculty organization released the report, the second in a series of three examining the influence of private money in online education, on Wednesday and examined instances in which online education programs actually increase costs for students. Rather than delivering lower prices, the authors of the report argue that colleges will be increasingly pressured to push tuition prices higher to cover costs associated with delivering online programs.
  • "In sum, the push for more online courses has not made higher education cheaper for students," the report says. "The promise has always been that it will – but that day always seems to be in the future."
  • Not only are there costs associated with delivering online programs, the report says, but there are also costs in developing the programs. And because those developing online programs may not always be familiar with those costs, they may run into financial difficulties when the program development is already under way, which could result in a need to cover costs by increasing tuition.

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