ERIC Number: EJ909841
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
If Higher Education Is a Right, and Distance Education Is the Answer, Then Who Will Pay?
Meyer, Katrina A.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v14 n1 p45-68 Mar 2010
If higher education is a right, and distance education is the avenue for making higher education universally available, then who shall pay? This article asks (1) can state governments in the United States afford to fund this initiative and (2) can public higher education institutions in the U.S. fund this effort through capitalizing on cost-efficiencies of online learning? To answer the first question, data on funding of higher education by states are reviewed and a negative conclusion reached. To answer the second question, research on methods for achieving cost-efficiencies through online learning is reviewed and a cautious positive conclusion is reached, assuming states and institutions are willing to invest in the people and processes, and the time, effort, and will that make achieving efficiencies possible. (Contains 9 tables.)
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Distance Education, Online Courses, Access to Education, Educational Finance, State Aid, Educational Policy, Cost Effectiveness, Public Colleges, Government Role, State Action, Synthesis, Trend Analysis, Educational Trends, Educational Innovation, Educational Change, Policy Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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