Online education has experienced steady growth over the last two decades. Driven by rapidly evolving technologies, the desire to expand access to higher education, and the need to address falling enrollment numbers in traditional, on-campus courses, more and more Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs) are turning to online education to supplement existing formats for courses, certificates, and degrees. As such, the role of online education will only continue to grow as non-traditional higher education formats become more established.
For IHEs, the strategic objective is no longer simply boosting enrollment statistics though online programs. IHEs considering development of new programs, or evolving existing programs, must do so in the broader context of its organizational identity:
BCE Consulting analyzed trends and opportunities pertaining to online education, assessed the implications for IHEs, and identified key strategic questions for those institutions considering expanding upon traditional course offerings.
This report focuses on the U.S. market for post-secondary online education programs, with emphasis on higher education. The report is broken into the following sections:
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