Small, Private Colleges Brace for Competition from Distance Learning (Selingo)
By Jeffrey Selingo
The Chronicle of Higher Education

One of the great fears with the advent of the Internet as an integral component of distance learning is that commercial and prestigious public universities will start to siphon students away from smaller institutions. With the resources to present sophisticated distance learning programs virtually anywhere, such institutions will cause students to eschew smaller, near-by colleges that don't offer either the prestige value or perfect program they want.

This article focuses on the concerns of small privates. However, the same possibilities exist for community college systems and 4-year public institutions. Decision-makers are well-advised to keep this darker side of distance learning in mind in policy determination.

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