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Why Do Higher-Education Institutions Pursue Online Education?
  • Stephen Schiffman, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Karen Vignare, Michigan State University
  • Christine Geith, Michigan State University
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Using a unique item included for the first time in the Sloan Consortium’s 2006 national survey of online learning, the authors analyze the reasons why higher-education institutions engage in online learning. Nine reasons are explored from contributing to extension efforts to returning a surplus. Eight of the nine reasons are found to vary in importance depending on the type of institution. Significant differences were found for associate-level institutions, for-profit institutions and large-enrollment institutions. The authors examine the findings for access and quality themes.

© 2007 The Sloan Consortium. This article was published in the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, vol. 11, iss. 2, pp. 61-71 and may be found here.

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Stephen Schiffman, Karen Vignare and Christine Geith. "Why Do Higher-Education Institutions Pursue Online Education?" (2007)
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