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Paying For College | 2-Tier Tuition | Public State College Education

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Uploaded on Jan 24, 2012

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For academic administrators at colleges who question how to offset declining revenue, there exists an answer: Discover the financial power of the Internet and online classes. For students who question how to reduce the cost of a higher education, there exists an answer: discover online classes. Online college classes, insightfully implemented, can mitigate rising educational costs. Traditional ways of increasing revenue by increasing the number of students on campus and raising tuition create significant downsides: significant outlays for expansion, and increased public sector dissatisfaction.

Online college classes engender an upside that offsets the dependency on substantial donations and cost increases for students. Paradoxically, an online university or college can offer a greater number of students a better education at a reduced cost to the students while increasing revenue for the college and holding down outlays of the college, a win-win situation. Fittingly enough, more people are choosing an online college over attendance at a brick and mortar college.

Academic administers or students who believe that a campus education is superior to an online education should read the 2010 U.S. Department of Education report "Research on the Effectiveness of Online Learning." The report concluded that there where "significant differences in favor of online learning." For the past 10 years, learning outcomes for students who participate in online college classes were found to exceed the learning outcomes of students that sat in brick and mortar colleges, no matter the type of student, regardless of subject or content.

Online students are not tethered to reliable transportation. With online classes, clocks and schedules have become educational anachronisms. Importantly, students have access to world-class instructors and world class instruction in places such as living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and local cafes. Surprisingly, online classes allow students to collaborate more. Forbes Magazine reported, "Surprisingly, students don't have to be on campus to have a quality educational experiences ... students who took at least 75% of their classes online reported more active and collaborative learning than their peers."

Academic administrators must consider not only how to provide the best education, but how to provide the best education to the greatest number of students. Access to a higher education is essential in a modern economy. Paying for school or paying for college may be the toughest part of earning a higher education. Students understand the correlation between higher education and earnings: Of the top 300 highest paying jobs, nearly all require a college degree. Most individuals seek the highest paying job and most must seek financial aid for college. Financial aid is easier for a student to obtain when the student incurs a lower debt. Online classes lessen the total cost of a higher education, from tuition to transportation.

How are colleges changing? Colleges are going online. For many middle class families, the best education may now only be possible through online classes, but colleges will need assistance to handle online participation. Faculties need assistance in organizing courseware, preparing enrollment services, recruiting online students, and developing a two-tier tuition system. Academic Partnerships—AP—assists public colleges and universities transition from brick and mortar classrooms to a combination of brick and mortar classrooms and virtual class rooms. Virtual classrooms can capture the best students, no matter where in the world they reside. For more information, view a video posted on YouTube at http://youtu.be/EPPJ4DIYgq4. If you are ready to learn more about the implementation of online classes, visit http://www.academicpartnerships.com/H....

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