A new Gallup poll (“In U.S., Online Education Rated Best for Value and Options“) that shows Americans have a mixed view on online education. This was evident from way the poll was reported by Insider Higher Ed (“Americans’ Views of Online Courses: Gallup survey finds majority of adults see online courses as equal to or better than classroom-based courses in several key ways“) and the Chronicle of Higher Education (“Traditional Education Beats Online in Key Areas, Opinion Poll Finds“).
The results were mixed:
Americans saw online education providing more options and a better value than traditional schools. At the same time, they have doubts about online education’s quality of instruction, reputation with employers, and reliability of testing and grading.
The demographics behind respondents’ preferences for getting college degrees versus getting job specific skills/knowledge. College-age Americans favored job skills by a wide margin as did 30 to 49-year olds (although by a smaller margin). That means our students and their parent agree on the value of job skills.
Just more evidence that we need to do a better job of promoting what we offer.