Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are supposed to change the face of higher education. Early success, though, has been easier to find among corporations, CNBC reports.

A University of Pennsylvania survey released late last year found that few students made it past the first online lecture. That’s been a constant criticism of MOOCs from educators: There’s a lack of proof that they work as well as traditional classroom methods. San Jose State University suspended a program it had initiated with MOOC provider Udacity after poor early results.

These stumbles in the education sector haven’t stopped corporations from finding a compelling reason to embrace MOOCs: Online courses trim a bill that runs to $160 billion annually for job training and certification, according to a report by Bersin, a unit of Deloitte Consulting.

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