5 Steps to Check if an Online Program Is Accredited

U.S. News | June 12, 2017 - When it comes to pursuing an online degree, it's important to select a legitimate program offering marketable credentials. A key indicator of legitimacy, experts say, is accreditation, a process conducted by an outside authority to ensure that a school and specific degree program –... Read More>

Assess Online Programs as a New, Soon-to-Be Parent

U.S. News | June 5, 2017 - There are times when 31-year-old Erin Kendrick turns on her computer and logs into her online classes with her 10-week-old daughter sitting nearby or atop her lap. Kendrick is pursuing her MBA online through the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. As... Read More>

6 million students? Must-know facts about online enrollment

eCampus News | May 30, 2017 - New research paints an intriguing picture of online enrollment at U.S. higher-ed institutions. Online enrollment at nonprofit institutions is on the rise, while for-profit institutions saw a decline of more than 9 percent, according to a new report examining trends and patterns of online enrollment in... Read More>

Online Students, On-Campus Graduates

Inside Higher Ed | May 24, 2017 - After years of hard work and sacrifices, many online-only learners journey across states -- and even countries -- to attend on-site commencement ceremonies. Many online-only students never step foot on campus, but like residential students, they develop a sense of community and pride in the... Read More>

Extra Credit - How 6 colleges grant alternative credits

Inside Higher Ed | May 24, 2017 - How six colleges that are leaders in adult education calculate and capture alternative learning credits.  Prior learning evaluation, especially of alternative credits, is expensive and time consuming, even for adult-focused colleges with extensive programs for awarding such credits. A study by the Online Learning Consortium... Read More>

On-Campus Enrollment Shrinks While Online Continues its Ascent

Campus Technology | May 2, 2017 -  More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, representing more than a quarter (29.7 percent) of all higher education enrollments that year, according to a new report from Digital Learning Compass. Among that 29.7 percent, it's almost evenly... Read More>

New Study: Over Six Million Students Now Enrolled in Distance Education

Distance education enrollment growth continues, even as overall higher education enrollments decline (Wellesley, MA) – The Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017, conducted by the new Digital Learning Compass organization, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 now tops six million. Growth, however,... Read More>

What's keeping higher ed leaders up at night?

Education Dive | April 28, 2017 -  Dive Brief: Higher ed professionals worried their schools were not compliant with regulations, and were anxious about enrollment growth and faculty buy-in to online learning, according to focus groups held by the Online Learning Consortium and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. Focus groups attendees were... Read More>

Driving Innovation and Supporting Non-Traditional Access and Success

Evolllution | April 12, 2017 - Though non-traditional students make up the majority of learners enrolled at colleges and universities across the United States—and that’s without including students enrolled in non-credit offerings—they are still broadly underserved by the policies that regulate the postsecondary space. For institutions and divisions that focus... Read More>

Instructing Instructional Designers

Inside Digital Learning | April 12, 2017 - Instructional designers have become invaluable to many faculty teaching online courses. But because the profession is new -- just about 20 years old -- IDs had no clear or common career path. Now formal education is becoming widespread, and most institutions are supplementing with their own training... Read More>