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Online Education In The United States And What We Are Learning
Here are a few facts:
One in every four American college students is enrolled in some form of online learning.
A report by Deloitte estimates that nearly 9.8 million American students are enrolled in some form of online learning and that more than 5 million adults who have graduated high school have taken at least one online course.
American college students spent more than $2.2 billion on online education during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Transparency also affects online education. Reports suggest that online education tuition is becoming more affordable in order to attract a more diverse audience.
However, online education falls under the crosshairs of the growing consumer demand for transparency in cost and quality. These increased standards highlight the increasing importance of accountability in the course and online learning environments.
Many Americans do not have to worry about inflated prices because they take advantage of taxpayer-funded educational opportunities through online courses. However, online education providers recognize the consumer demands and are working to address these issues with their online models.
According to BSN International, 3.5 million American adults graduated from a K-12 online degree program and that this number is on the rise. Online degree programs can provide graduates with a stepping stone to a degree, help students graduate more quickly, or reduce the cost of higher education by allowing students to complete courses at home or on their smartphones.
Many customers are surprised to learn that in some cases, students are actually paying for someone else to attend. In an era of political rhetoric where government pays for almost everything, many people question the legitimacy of online education.
But by providing students with value and flexibility, online education providers are shifting focus from how to get students enrolled in a program to how to keep them enrolled and where students can gain more value from the program. To this end, service providers are taking several steps to lower costs, increase returns, and establish the correct learning model.
For example, most online courses include at least one course in a hybrid mode where students can sit at their computers or mobile devices and complete certain sections in person or on video conferencing technology.
These programs are designed to provide innovative experiences that foster empathy, while also engaging students with “real world” solutions.
In addition, online education providers are studying customer characteristics to determine the types of students who need to be educated at an efficient and affordable price. As enrollment growth and customer complaints grew in 2017, student-serving institutions began to leverage customer data in order to improve learning outcomes, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction.
Providers then created targeted marketing campaigns that addressed key audience insights, evolved learning solutions to reflect these insights, implemented measurable training to deliver better customer experiences, and implemented more effective revenue management strategies.
Traditional cost transparency has facilitated successful initiatives. For example, the “Tuition Transparency Project” was a multi-year effort to increase student, employer, and higher education expectations about costs of higher education, with greater transparency informing multiple priorities. This effort helped improve affordability and quality for students by supporting financial aid to low-income students; supporting students in college; encouraging corporate employees to enroll; and mitigating institutional profit potential from an unsustainable cost structure.
Once institutions launched “Tuition Transparency,” they were able to increase transparency by publishing an online tuition table that spelled out tuition costs for each college. These efforts are also assisting students in navigating a complex bureaucracy and providing greater transparency to employers who hope to attract young and diverse leaders.
Online education is a big opportunity that needs to be embraced. People want to take on more projects in their careers. As technology offers new options for not only helping business processes, but also for enhancing employee skills, providing online education is a unique and valuable opportunity to change workplace culture.
In order to provide better quality, flexible learning experiences for students, and improve performance management, institutions are looking to their customers to make it happen. As customers become more vocal about digital education options, organizations can better understand their needs, find and implement key learnings, and take proactive action to improve outcomes.