Online Education Continues to Grow

The results of a recent Gallup poll support current research demonstrating that online education continues to be the fastest growing segment of higher education and that acceptance of online education continues to grow. Studies indicate that nearly one-third of all college and university students will be taking online courses this year. More employers are hiring workers with degrees earned online and are financially supporting online programs for their employees. Research conducted over the past decade indicates that many people can learn online just as well as they learn in traditional classrooms; however, online education does not require them to quit their jobs or disrupt their lives in order to pursue their educational goals.

About the Author:

Dr. Anthony Piña is the dean of online studies at Sullivan University and is a nationally recognized leader in online/distance education. He joined Sullivan in 2008, after a 21-year career in public and private K-12 and higher education. Dr. Piña has served as a consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, local government agencies, educational institutions and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Dr. Piña is author of the book Distance Learning and the Institution and co-editor of Real Life Distance Education: Case Studies in Practice. He has over 40 academic publications and has delivered more than 160 conference presentations and over 200 professional workshops. He serves on the editorial board of three scholarly journals.

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