Among those who believe the most important role college plays is to prepare students for the working world, 59 percent say online classes provide the same educational value as in-person classes. Among presidents who say the role of college is to promote personal and intellectual growth, only 43 percent say online learning offers an equal value.

Based on the results of the survey, it seems that while online learning and more integration of technology might represent the future of higher education, there’s not much faith in these solutions at the moment, at least among college presidents.

One possible solution, college students say, is hybrid learning.

Nineteen percent of students in another recent survey said they are enrolled in a hybrid class, mixing online curriculum with occasional face-to-face lessons—while 33 percent said they would like to take one or more hybrid courses, according to a report on college student preferences published by Eduventures, a Boston-based higher-education consulting company.

The study suggests that some students are “forced into wholly online delivery because there is not enough supply of hybrid courses.”

For college presidents who are concerned about the increase of plagiarism the internet has given rise to, many plagiarism detecting software options are available—and have been for a number of years .

One such solution, Turnitin.com, is being used by a number of universities to help detect plagiarism from web-based resources.


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