Nearly half of US colleges unaware of online program profitability, study finds

October 22, 2009

In a new survey of senior officials at 182 American public and private non-profit colleges, 45% of respondents reported that their school did not know whether their online programs were making or losing money. 45% said they reorganized management of online programs in the last 2 years, with 52% expecting to reshuffle in the next 2 years. While a strong majority of those surveyed said they believed the quality of online education was comparable to face-to-face instruction, about half report that at their institutions, professors are in charge of determining whether that is the case. Asked to identify factors hindering the growth of online programs, respondents cited faculty resistance, lack of key resources, program accreditation, and federal regulations as the top roadblocks. Inside Higher Ed | Campus Computing Project