Here are three resources I’ve researched briefly that have some compelling information in them:
This study from April 2013 recaps the state of online higher ed. Says it’s not the future, it’s here now with about 1/3 of all college students enrolled in online courses. Online students were more likely to be academically prepared at entry, from higher income neighborhoods, fluent in English, and White. Failure and dropout rates are higher for students in online courses than for students in face-to-face courses. Online courses may make achievement gaps worse among between two populations, worse than it would be in face-to-face classrooms.
In this article about the value of a college degree, one economist says that college is valuable because “People who go to college, especially elite colleges, tend to ‘come out with a certain amount of polish and understanding about how the world works,’" A challenging assumption to agree with, but thought provoking nonetheless. The same economist projects that by the year 2018 that the US will need at least 22 million more people to have college degrees. He says that even some college credit is proven to give people a leg up in the labor market.
This summary of a document explains a new model for institutions to make curriculum changes in order to consider broader approaches to granting degrees. It is called the Degree Qualifications Profile, and it was created by the Lumina Foundation. Since it was introduced in 2011, more than 400 colleges and universities have used it, and this article is a brief explanation of the revised version.