Does Distance Learning Work? A Large Sample, Control Group Study of Student Success in Distance Learning

August 25, 2005

In 2001, the total budgets of all institutions of higher education in the United States exceeded $255 billion (Chronicle, 2004). In the public sector, state colleges and universities accounted for 11.8 percent of all state government general fund expenditures (Education Commission of the States, 2003). By nearly any measure then, higher education expenditures are significant in the United States and throughout the world.

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