Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities

A Survey of Chief Academic Officers

Published October 28th, 2016

In 2013, The Learning House, Inc., conducted a survey of chief academic officers with the Council of Independent Colleges to learn how CIC institutions were managing online education initiatives, addressing challenges, serving online students and planning for the future. This year, Learning House and CIC conducted a second survey, to better understand how the landscape of online education continues to evolve over time.

Online education is no longer a strong differentiator for colleges and universities, but for many institutions, there is concern over how to integrate the modality while still fulfilling their mission and maintaining quality. Learn what leaders at small, private institutions have to say about the changing world of higher education. Then, join us for a free, live webinar with the authors of the report and get your questions answered.

Some Key Findings of the Report:

  • Revenue from online courses is increasing. More than one-third of institutions responded that their revenue from online curricula had climbed more than 3 percent since 2013. Only 5 percent of institutions reported a decline of revenue since 2013. One-quarter of respondents reported revenue greater than $1,000,000.
  • More colleges and universities are offering online learning and more of it. A quarter of respondents indicated that they offered extensive online programming consisting of five or more online programs, up from 15 percent in 2013. The number of institutions that reported limited programming fell from 47 to 39 percent, and the number of schools that reported having no online programming fell from 12 to 8 percent.
  • Faculty are the biggest barrier to online learning. Compared to 2013, when schools reported student discipline as the greatest barrier to success, now the majority of schools indicate that lack of acceptance of online instruction by faculty is the most significant barrier.
  • Online learning provides specific, measurable outcomes for institutions. Increased student access, increased enrollment and increased revenue are the top three reported outcomes among responding institutions, with 76, 66 and 64 percent of institutions reporting such outcomes, respectively. Each of these has increased since 2013.

Learn how institutions are implementing online learning and what recommendations you can apply.

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