Private universities: Online college rankings’ laggards

Fifty-nine percent of private campus respondents to a recent survey said “greater faculty time and effort” was a central barrier to a more thorough embrace of online education, with 27 percent of responding institutions saying they had overcome this obstacle.

The cost of web-based courses doesn’t seem to be a barrier for private institutions. Twenty-eight percent of survey respondents pointed to those costs as a reason for avoiding online classes.

Half of public universities now offer five or more fully online programs, the report said. Only 15 percent of private universities have reached that level of online learning.