online education
August 29, 2011

51 Percent Of College Presidents Support Online Courses


According to new research, 51 percent of college presidents say online courses provide the same value as traditional education.

The report by Pew Research Center said that three-in-ten American adults say a course taken online provides an equal educational value to one taken in a classroom.

Over 77 percent of college presidents said that their institutions now offer online courses, and college presidents predict substantial growth in online learning. 

Fifteen-percent said that most of their current undergraduate students have taken a class online, while 50 percent believe that in 10 years from now, most of their students will take online classes.

The Pew report is based on a national telephone survey of 2,141 adults ages 18 and older, and is a survey of college presidents done in association with The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Pew analyzes the perceptions of the public and college presidents about the value of online learning, the prevalence and future of online courses, use of digital textbooks, the Internet and plagiarism, and technology use in the classroom.  


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