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ERIC Number: ED517933
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1526-2049
Online Learning: Does It Help Low-Income and Underprepared Students? CCRC Brief. Number 52
Jaggars, Shanna Smith
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
Advocates of online learning are optimistic about its potential to promote greater access to college by reducing the cost and time of commuting and, in the case of asynchronous approaches, by allowing students to study on a schedule that is optimal for them. The enthusiasm surrounding recent innovative, technology-based education initiatives, combined with an ongoing acceleration in online course enrollments (Allen & Seaman, 2010) has led educators to ask whether the continuing expansion of online learning could be leveraged to increase the academic access, progression, and success of low-income and underprepared college students. To provide an evidence-based perspective on these questions, this Brief, based on a longer review, summarizes the literature on online learning and provides recommendations for policymakers and practitioners. [For related report, "Online Learning: Does It Help Low-Income and Underprepared Students? CCRC Working Paper No. 26. Assessment of Evidence Series", see ED515135.]
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center