Trend in US colleges experimenting with "local" online courses

July 6, 2009

To compete with for-profit online colleges, a number of commuter-serving urban institutions in the US are "going local" with online or blended programs targeting working adults in their own regions. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is helping such schools through so-called "localness" grants, awarded on the condition that at least 50% of classroom time be pushed online. At the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, one of the grantees, the idea is to deliver programs so flexible and so aligned with local labour market needs that students living 90 miles away might enrol, as they would not have to visit the campus that often. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)