Global Conference 2011
For-Profit Online Education: Can It Fulfill Its Promise?
Monday, May 2, 2011 / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Teachers and professors are increasingly using technology in their classrooms. Yet many would argue that the education industry, unlike others, has not reaped the benefits of a true high-tech revolution. Education is a widely watched sector that has provided investors strong opportunities for over two decades, and online learning has offered the tantalizing promise of dramatically expanding access to education in the U.S. and internationally. Yet concerns and obstacles remain. Can for-profit companies demonstrate reliable student performance? Can quality programs be made available on an international scale to people and nations where education opportunities are urgently needed? Are U.S. students graduating with so much debt they are unable to pay it off? And conversely, will the government regulations under development in the U.S. strangle the business opportunity? Industry leaders will examine the opportunities and challenges of the for-profit education sector.