‘The Promises and Limits of Online Higher Education’

March 6, 2019

Online learning is becoming an increasingly important feature of postsecondary education, but it threatens to widen rather than narrow educational inequities if institutions don't take steps to improve the outcomes associated with it, a new report asserts.

The report, "The Promises and Limits of Online Higher Education," was published this week by the American Enterprise Institute. Its scan of the data and research landscape finds continued growth in enrollments and colleges' embrace of the delivery mode, but also concerns that students in online courses are between 3 percent and 15 per­cent more likely to withdraw, compared to similar students in face-to-face classes at community colleges, among other findings.

It offers several recommendations designed to ensure that colleges produce online courses with high degrees of student interaction and significant student support.


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