The Growing Support for Online Education

Online education is quickly becoming the new form of learning. In the past ten years, online courses and programs have increasingly been developed and are continuously progressing in traditional and innovative academic programs alike. Based on Babson’s Survey Research, it has been shown that the mindset of many top educators is moving towards acknowledging online courses as the wave of the future.

In 2003, Babson performed a study and slightly more than half of academic leaders agreed that online education was equal or superior to in-person classes. In less than a decade, more than three-quarters, 77%, began acknowledging the benefits of online learning. In fact, nearly 7 in 10 academic leaders concurred that including online learning is an integral part of their future plans.

Already, more than 7 in 10 colleges are equipped with full academic programs online. Private nonprofit colleges have embraced online education with almost half offering fully online programs. This mode of learning is the new trend endorsed by academic leaders and students.

More than 6.7 million, or a third, of students in postsecondary education took an online course in fall 2011. Even as enrollment in universities fell in 2011, students enrolled in online courses continued to increase. From these statistics, it shows that students endorse online learning as a successful mode of learning compatible to their learning styles and needs.

Online education is steadily increasing in popularity and endorsement for those providing and those receiving post-secondary education. As Babson has been studying and analyzing over the years, despite the hesitations of initial critics, they have found that support is increasing for online learning, which seems to be successful and persisting. Overall, those in education have begun to recognize online courses as beneficial and worthy as a means of education. 

UoPeople is extremely pleased with this growing trend and support. We recognize online education as having huge benefits for traditional students, along with those who are constrained financially, physically, and geographically. This form of education allows accessibility to learning and is the great equalizer for all who desire education. Online education is an improved mode of learning that will allow those all over the world to benefit from education, reach their dreams, and change the world. With time and great effort, online education is finally becoming recognized as the gem that it is. 

About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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