Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Rise of the Online Degree at America's Top Universities - Priceonomics

We found that the number of four-year schools with online degree programs rose significantly. Among top-ranked schools, nearly 75% offer online degrees, and about half are increasing their online degree offerings. The fastest adopters of online learning include both public and private colleges and universities, including some academic heavyweights like Harvard and Johns Hopkins. Online degrees are most commonly offered in fields like business and health, which have long been popular among distance learners. But they are increasingly common for other fields like education and engineering. The craze over Massive Open Online Courses, which led some enthusiasts to prophesize the decline of traditional universities, has died down. But our analysis suggests that traditional universities are steadily embracing online courses.

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