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The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities$
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Robert B. Archibald and David H. Feldman

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190251918

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190251918.001.0001

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Technological Threat

Technological Threat

The Online Revolution

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The Road Ahead for America's Colleges and Universities

Robert B. Archibald

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the rapid growth of online education. It evaluates the likelihood that distance learning will break the rise in college cost and disrupt the traditional model of campus-based programming. There are many ways that the rapid entrepreneurial development of digital learning can change how higher education is provided, and there are many ways that online education may work in the labor market of the future. Although digital techniques will continue to improve and develop, this chapter does not forecast an upheaval in the way higher education is delivered to students in the traditional age range of eighteen to twenty-four. Online education will continue to expand the opportunities for older and returning students, while traditional campus-based programming will continue to offer the best alternative for younger first-time students.

Keywords:   online education, distance learning, artificial intelligence, MOOC, nontraditional students, blended learning

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