Confidence in Online Ed on the Upswing

Online learning is becoming more trusted than ever according to the most recent Gallup poll. Out of a random sample of roughly 1,000 U.S. adults, many selected “agree” or “strongly agree” when asked about colleges that offer high quality online education.

The poll results show that 37% of adults feel that online courses actually provide high quality education in general. This is a decent increase from a similar group of adults that were polled in 2011 with the same purpose in mind. In the 2011 poll only 30% felt that online education was a positive thing.

As expected, the amount of adults polled that feel online education doesn’t offer much has also decreased. The Gallup poll from 2011 showed that 31% of U.S. adults “disagreed” or “strongly disagreed.” The 2014 Gallup poll the numbers have decreased considerably to 27% of adults that disagree with the idea of online education.

We can interpret these new numbers as an increase in trust and acceptance of online education. The poll shows that 1 out of 3 people have a high opinion about the value of online education. This is good for schools to know as it shows that they are gaining positive ground with the public.

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