Dr. Bill Belew
Issue II - June 18, 2006
Introduction by Mr. Stolyarov:
Online course enrollments are skyrocketing at rates ten times those of
enrollments in traditional universities, writes Dr. Bill Belew. Online
classes give educational opportunities to full-time-working individuals
who otherwise could not have gone to college; they are also more
profitable for the organizations offering them.
Enrollments in online courses are increasing 10 times faster than
Let's see, every time someone visits a campus, takes a tour, visits a
book store, eats in a cafeteria, looks at an empty gym or stadium, and
then sits with a counselor for an hour or so, and then finally signs the
enrollment form...10 people sign up online!
Uh...gee...I wonder ...If I were a school, where should I apply my
time and effort? Hard question.
Schools like Arizona State University expect enrollment in at least
one online course to soar from 15,000 to 100,000 within the next five
ASU now has students from New Hampshire, Iowa, Mexico, India, and
Online education is now accessible to anyone who has high-speed
internet. I just recently completed a degree with a friend who made it
through with the old fashioned dial-up connection. (She's much more
patient than I.)
There is one more thing that drives the online learning surge: it is
very lucrative -- emphasis on very.
People earning degrees online are older than most traditional
graduates; they work full-time and already have families. They also
choose the web because it is convenient.
Online learning is now part of mainstream higher education, and if
it's not part of your school, it should be.
Online learning is also more profitable.
One can be sure the fopros will capitalize on it.
What do you think?
Dr. Bill Belew is a former Intelligence
Officer for a Destroyer Squadron. He lived 20 years in Japan, where he
started a language school for Japanese
Dr. Belew teaches classes for a vocational school and online for a
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