ZDNET: Online education: Higher ed faculty won’t buy in

Career College Central Summary:

  • Online education enrollment was up 3.7 percent in 2014, but that's the slowest growth rate in 13 years, according to a survey conducted by Babson. Has online education stalled?
  • The 2014 Survey of Online Learning, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson, details how Internet education programs are seeing slowing enrollment rates, but still outpacing face-to-face programs. Indeed, online and distance learning programs accounted for three quarters of higher education's enrollment increases.
  • Babson's survey, based on 2,800 academic leaders, also highlights a few nuances such as how traditional colleges are starting to catch for-profit institutions in online learning.
  • Perhaps the biggest takeaway is that online education will be disruptive to the higher education industry—at some point. Consider that 70.8 percent of academic leaders say online programs are critical to their long term strategies, up from 48.8 percent in 2002.
  • But only 28 percent of the same academic leaders say their faculty accepts Internet efforts as legitimate. For what it's worth, a record low 8.6 percent of respondents said online education is not critical to their long-term strategies.

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