The percentage of academic officers who said online learning was important to their institution has fallen from 69.1% to 65.9%, according to the 2013 Survey of Online Learning from the Babson Survey Research Group. The report blamed the decline on schools that don’t have online offerings and have no plans to start.
The percentage of academic leaders who rated online learning outcomes as the same or superior to face-to-face instruction rose from 57% in 2003 to 77% in 2012, but slipped to 74% in the 2013 report. The survey noted more 26% of respondents from institutions without online offerings said that learning outcomes were worse online, an increase of 3% since the 2012 report.
However, 90% of the respondents also said it was likely or very likely that every college student will be taking at least one online course by 2018, according to a report in eCampus News.
“Baccalaureate institutions continue to hold the most negative views toward online education and are the largest proportion of institutions with no online offerings,” the authors of the report wrote. “That said, a majority of these institutions provide some level of online instruction. Associate institutions have among the most favorable views towards online and were among the earliest institutions to embrace online instruction.”