Online College Offers Academic Rigor At Bargain Prices
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Cara Latham
Cara Latham,
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2/19/2013 | 2:29:32 PM
re: Online College Offers Academic Rigor At Bargain Prices
This is worth studying as a way to decrease the massive amounts of debt that college students face as they graduate college from traditional four-year programs. While the average debt may be $26,500, many students graduate with far more and are struggling to make large loan payments without finding employment that pays well enough at entry level to handle these costs. Plus, the online learning environment model -- building an environment for classroom discussions that "resembles Google Hangouts, where students can not only see the professor and onscreen course materials, but see and interact with other students" -- is far more interesting for college students than the BlackBoard model. From my own experience, the Blackboard model lacks any features to motivate students to interact. I logged on because I had to participate and not because I wanted to.
David F. Carr
David F. Carr,
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2/19/2013 | 2:28:10 PM
re: Online College Offers Academic Rigor At Bargain Prices
Thanks for your perspective. Even if it's "nothing new," don't you think this has the potential to reach a larger population?
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2/16/2013 | 4:08:18 PM
re: Online College Offers Academic Rigor At Bargain Prices
This will get attention at four-year schools because it solves a major problem. Retention rates in four year colleges by the end of the second year of study is commonly well under 50 percent. Lots of empty seats generating ZERO revenue. Two-year college students who are ready to transfer (commonly 30-40 percent of students who start) have demonstrated the requisite Sitzfleisch and smarts for college study, can easily be dropped into those empty seats and become conduits for all kinds of money, private and public, into the receiving college's operating funds. I see this all the time in New York's City University, which clearly makes it easy for two-year-college students to move to its half-empty four-year-college seats. The numbers are public information (look up collegemeasures) and every dean I know that is honest and reasonably bright will tell you this is what's going on. In short, nothing new here except a user-interface.

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