Americans' trust in online higher ed rising

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Thursday, April 10, 2014

Americans' trust in the quality of online colleges and universities is steadily rising. More U.S. adults, 37 percent, now agree or strongly agree that these institutions offer high-quality education than did so in 2011 (30 percent) when Gallup first asked this question. Roughly one in four (27 percent) disagree or strongly disagree.

These findings are from a Nov. 25-Dec. 15, 2013, study by Gallup and Lumina Foundation with a random sample of more than 1,000 U.S. adults. The research shows that while online higher education institutions have made progress on this measure, they still operate at a deficit compared with other traditional educational institutions. Far more Americans agree or strongly agree that community colleges (58 percent) and traditional colleges and universities (77 percent) offer high-quality education compared with online institutions.

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