Survey Shows Younger Americans More Accepting of Online Education
In recent years, many academics have turned to online education as a means to enhance the U.S. educational system, as web-based classes can lower costs and improve access for countless residents. However, the survey shows that there is a vast generational divide among Americans who believe online education can successfully replace traditional classroom models.
Today, only 49% of all respondents said online degree programs can provide a similar quality of education as on-campus programs. Among 18- to 30-year-olds, this figure rose to 61%. Similarly, while 53% of Americans said online degrees will be just as recognized and accepted among employers as traditional degrees in the next five to seven years, about 68% of younger respondents said the same.
Given their support for online education, these younger Americans are also largely optimistic about the future of hybrid learning, which involves both online and classroom-based elements. The survey shows that 87% of younger adults believe hybrid learning models are a good option for working Americans hoping to go back to school.