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ONLINE LEARNING CONTINUES TO GAIN ENROLLMENT

Thursday, June 13, 2019

While some brick-and-mortar institutions have seen enrollment declines and some have closed, programs which are exclusively online have seen an increase of 38% over the past five years. A Harvard Business School professor, among others, believes that up to half of the nation's colleges and universities could close over the next two decades as online learning, formerly viewed as inferior to traditional education, improves, becomes increasingly economically efficient, and attracts a price sensitive audience. However, others are skeptical; rating agency analysts have noted that there are already more than enough online programs, and some studies have shown that online programs widen achievement gaps and aren't as affordable as they may appear.

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