Americans are on the fence about online education, with positive feelings about its value but skepticism about overall quality.
Roughly a third of Americans think online education provides a wider range of curriculum options and good value for the money compared to classroom-based learning, according to a new Gallup poll. But when it comes to quality of instruction and rigorous testing, more than 40 percent of those surveyed said that online learning is worse than classroom-based instruction.
The worst category for online education was “Providing a degree that will be viewed positively by employers,” where only 13 percent see online as a better option and 49 percent see it as worse.
Overall, about a third of Americans rate online programs as “excellent” or “good” compared to 68 percent rating four-year colleges and universities in the same category.