Although online education has become an accepted modality in higher education, it still faces some resistance in the marketplace. Questions about its rigor and engagement linger among the public, students and education experts.
“Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: Understanding Rigor and Engagement Across Learning Modalities,” a white paper from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, examines student survey data to determine how online education compares to face-to-face education in terms of rigor and faculty engagement. The paper also compares online not-for-profit institutions with for-profit institutions. This white paper looks at students’ perception of rigor and faculty engagement across the sector using data from two sources,“Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” and “The College Student Report” from the National Survey of Student Engagement.