The Returns of Online Education A recent white paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research has called into question the returns of online education to students. According to prominent source, the paper “found little evidence that studying online led to students landing jobs in booming industries. Online education did boost students’ wages, but that growth […]
Tracking online education is important, especially since the market of online degree programs is evolving. More institutions are choosing to offer degree programs through distance modalities. The established national education databases do not offer explicit information about online degrees’ characteristics and none have the ability to track changes over time. The Online Degree Database is collecting online degree program details, and updating these details several times a year. Annual data snapshots will allow us to complete longitudinal studies on specific degree programs, institutions, and program characteristics. The database also will allow prospective students a complete view of the universe of online degree programs, rather than only those degree programs that are paying a marketing aggregator to collect leads. The database is accessed via a user-friendly, interactive tool that allows the user to select programs based on location, US News & World Report Ranking, modality (online, low-residency, or hybrid), professional accreditation, and admissions requirements.
In my last post, I lamented that the Online Learning Consortium’s Online Report Card published its final report in February of this year after 13 years of tracking attitudes toward distance education among administrators and faculty within academe. Thankfully, there are other studies underway that researchers like myself can turn to for important insights about this […]
In February of this 2016, the Online Learning Consortium published its final Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education in the United States. This is the last in a series of 13 annual reports that, among other things, includes attitudinal survey results from leaders in higher education regarding their attitudes toward distance education. The authors say that […]