Online education has come a long way. Recent years have seen it rise from having a bad rap to having a place atop the academia’s ivory tower and, as of last week, in every Idaho high school curriculum.
It was just last Thursday when Idaho took a leap of faith with online courses, requiring at least two of them for every high school student. The state said this requirement is one piece of an education overhaul that will save money and better prepare students for college.
For better or worse, the move shows the growth of online education across the country, a trend that reached one in four college students in 2008-09 and touched down in Chapel Hill in 2010.
It was around this time last year when the Kenan-Flagler Business School announced that it would be offering an online MBA to be called “MBA@UNC.”
Without the laptop in front of you, it would be hard to tell this online program from the one on-campus: they have similar course loads and some of the same professors. They even have comparable price tags, with the two-year MBA@UNC program’s $89,000 cost to out-of-state students falling just about $10,000 short of what non-residents usually have to pay for the traditional program.