NY Times examines “The Trouble with Online College”

Online College

In an editorial published Monday, the New York Times examined the popular notion that online education can cure all that ails our colleges and universities.

Read the full editorial.

The piece – which was entitled “The Trouble with Online College” – took a look at many of the weaknesses CSU professors are already finding with wholly online teaching. Specifically,  many students are ill-prepared for the online environment either because of a lack of basic skills from their k-12 education or inadequate computer technology to get the most out of an online course.

The editorial states:

“The research has shown over and over again that community college students who enroll in online courses are significantly more likely to fail or withdraw than those in traditional classes, which means that they spend hard-earned tuition dollars and get nothing in return. Worse still, low-performing students who may be just barely hanging on in traditional classes tend to fall even further behind in online courses.”

The editorial goes on to conclude:

“The online revolution offers intriguing opportunities for broadening access to education. But, so far, the evidence shows that poorly designed courses can seriously shortchange the most vulnerable students.”