The issues of college access and affordability have been salient topics among students, administrators, and state and federal legislators for quite some time – and for good reason. Given rising tuition and fees, a growing number of students across the U.S. cannot afford to attend college in the traditional manner, and are increasingly drawn to the greater affordability and flexibility of online education. However, a recent Inside Higher Ed article cites a study conducted by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) stating that online education actually costs more, not less.
We all know what makes us comfortable and many of us stray into the ‘unknown’ to push ourselves beyond our limits. The challenge for most of us is that we don’t have someone there to coach and help us be courageous. The faculty and staff at American Public University System (APUS) provided just the support I needed to step into my “courage zone” and be successful.
I can’t speak for all for-profit institutions, but at APUS we value our affordability and the opportunity it provides our students to pursue their educational goals. We have been able to balance operational costs and investments in the classroom, in various processes, and in the student learning experience without adding significant tuition and fee increases for our students.
By: Dr. Vernon Smith, Senior Vice President & Provost
Change can be exhilarating when it is perceived as positive, renewing and transformative. Change can also be scary when it is perceived as negative, a process of decay, or a variation from the way we hoped or expected things to turn out. One thing is certain, things will change.