Distance education

Partnership draws online students, and scrutiny, for a community college

A free college program for union members has boosted Eastern Gateway’s enrollment to nearly 47,000, but it has also raised questions about an outside company’s influence at the Ohio institution—including on academic matters.

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Tiny Hilbert College bets big on large online presence

The college built an online program with grand ambitions and 11 degree offerings without relying on an online program manager.

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Online program companies publish data to try to sway critics

With their industry under scrutiny, two companies publish data on student outcomes and prices of online programs at their partner colleges. But the information skirts key financial questions.

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NC-SARA report paints detailed picture of distance education landscape

New online learning stats show growing demand for online programs across state lines and shed new light on in-state online enrollments.

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Online program management companies face Washington microscope

Old issues with online program management companies get new attention in Washington.

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Virginia governor looks to curb state aid for online courses

Governor has proposed ending tuition assistance for students who take classes online, drawing intense criticism from Liberty University and its president, Jerry Falwell Jr.

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Education Department issues new regulations on accreditation and state authorization of online providers

Trump administration calls its final rules on accreditation and state approval of online providers a rightsizing of bureaucracy that protects students. Consumer advocates and Democrats see an unraveling of federal oversight.

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With support from Kaplan, Purdue launches low-cost edX degrees

Purdue University will launch three under-$25,000 online master's degrees in engineering on the edX platform.

Online learning fails to deliver, finds report aimed at discouraging politicians from deregulating

Fully online programs widen achievement gaps and often are unaffordable, says report seeking to discourage politicians from pulling back on federal policy protections.

With acquisition, SNHU seeks pathway between K-12, college and work

The university and its large online division plan to create a "seamless pathway" between K-12, college and students’ first jobs.

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