New US online learning survey reveals changing attitudes among academic leaders

March 13, 2014

A new survey on online learning at American PSE institutions reveals that the number of chief academic officers who say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy has dropped since 2012, to 66% in 2013. However, “institutions that do not have any online offerings account for all of the decrease from 2012 to 2013, while those with online offerings are as positive in 2013 as they were in 2012.” The survey of 2,800 academic leaders also shows that the number of CAOs rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face instruction decreased to 74% from 2012, following almost a decade of positive growth (57% in 2003 to 77% in 2012). However, the number of students taking at least one online course increased by over 411,000 to a new total of 7.1 million in 2013. Full Report