ERIC Number: EJ917669
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Online Education: Where Is It Going? What Should Boards Know?
Green, Kenneth C.; Wagner, Ellen
Trusteeship, v19 n1 p24-29 Jan-Feb 2011
Online learning is an increasingly prominent and legitimate presence in higher education--nearly one third of full-time and part time students at nonprofit and for-profit institutions took one or more online courses in 2009, according to the Sloan Consortium. While the value of taking a college or university "online" may be obvious and self-evident, board members owe it to themselves and their institutions to question senior administrators about the value propositions that drive the desire to create or to expand online courses and programs. Boards should ask themselves: Why are we online? What will it cost? How do we support participating faculty members and students? How do we assess the quality of online programs? Despite the increase in opportunities to grow online enrollment, boards should remain committed to thoughtful discussion and assessment of what types of learning environments and technologies foster student learning, whether online or in the classroom.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Part Time Students, Online Courses, College Faculty, Governing Boards, Trustees, Higher Education, College Administration, Administrators, College Students, Academic Achievement, Enrollment, Enrollment Rate, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Educational Finance, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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