Nationwide Reciprocity Stands to Lower Students’ Barriers to Distance Ed

Article Mary Larson SEEN Magazine

State lines don’t matter much to students who take online college courses. A Florida undergrad can supplement coursework with an online class from a Texas college. A North Carolina mom can update her workforce credentials in a degree program from a Georgia university. And both of them will have the same quality experience online as students in those colleges’ home states.

They won’t be alone. The 2013 Babson Survey Research Group reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 7.1 million. The 6.1 percent growth rate, although the lowest for a decade, still represents over 400,000 additional students taking at least one online course.