From the report based on responses form more than 2,500 colleges and universities:
"The evidence: After remaining steady for a number of years, the proportion of chief academic officers saying that online education is critical to their long-term strategy took an upward turn in 2010.
- Sixty-three percent of all reporting institutions said that online learning was a critical part of their institution’s long term strategy, a small increase from fifty-nine percent in 2009.
- The year-to-year change was greatest among the for-profit institutions, which increased from fifty-one percent agreeing in 2009 to sixty-one percent in 2010.
- For-profit institutions also were the most likely to have included online learning as a part of their strategic plan."
Big shift in perception of online learning quality:
- 2003: 57% of academic leaders say online learning outcomes are the same as or better than face-to-face
- 2009: 75% of academic leaders say online learning outcomes are the same as or better than face-to-face