ERIC Number: ED428637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
The Virtual University & Educational Opportunity. Issues of Equity and Access for the Next Generation. Policy Perspectives.
Gladieux, Lawrence E.; Swail, Watson Scott
This report addresses issues concerned with educational programs provided through the Internet, the "virtual university" and their possible impacts on traditional higher education. It concludes that the new technologies may have the effect of deepening the divide between educational haves and have-nots and that public policy must intervene to narrow this "digital divide." Individual sections discuss the rapid development of technological capacity and recent federal initiatives testing the quality and viability of distance education using various techniques; trends in virtual education at the university and corporate levels; issues of standards and regulation; cost factors; those who will benefit from distance education developments; new barriers for the traditionally underrepresented in higher education; and the public policy challenge. Recommendations are offered to those designing virtual campuses and programs, the communications industry, and public policymakers. Appendices include descriptions of seven leading distance education programs and a listing of Web sites providing courseware or information on distance learning. (Contains 25 references.) (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Distance Education, Equal Education, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Internet
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College Board, Washington, DC. Washington Office.