Distance education

In Search of the Big Idea

In a day of soul searching at TIAA-CREF's higher ed conference, college leaders wrestle with what lies ahead. A mix of optimism and fear ensues.

Learning From Online

Can learning how to teach online make professors better teachers in the classroom?

Hybrid Education 2.0

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have developed an online learning environment that could make lecture halls -- if not professors -- obsolete.

Sign of the Times

After years of offering non-credit courses online, New York Times Company and selected colleges will jointly award certificates in credit, distance education certificate programs.

A Historic Union?

The National Labor College joins forces with a huge for-profit company to build the biggest online university ever.

Labor College's Deal Questioned

At many faculty gatherings these days, one hears quips and complaints about for-profit higher education. Professors who value what they consider essential and eroding traditions -- a significant tenure-track faculty and the centrality of the liberal arts, for example -- resent the adjunct-heavy, career-education dominant model of higher education that is widely used in for-profit higher ed. As a result, many faculty advocates are skeptical not only about for-profit higher education, but about the growing number of alliances between nonprofit colleges and for-profit colleges.

Brand for Hire

West Virginia Wesleyan College lets commercial education providers trade on its name, making some faculty uneasy.

Online Enrollment Up 17%

One in every four students now takes at least one course online. But study finds increases aren't necessarily matched by faculty respect.

Online Cure for the Nursing Crisis

Distance education might answer America's demand for nursing programs -- and it's not just for-profit colleges that are looking to cash in.

A Great Experiment

One year in, questions remain about University of the People and its ambitious goal of offering free higher education to students around the world.


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