Online learning is on the rise at private colleges and universities, with 61 percent offering fully online degree programs in some fields, according to to a new report–but what are the strategies that create these successful programs?

The increase is a jump from 52 percent of private institutions that reported offering fully online degrees just three years ago, according to the report from from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and The Learning House, Inc.

This growth is in line with growing acceptance of online curricula among faculty, as well as an increase in demand from traditional college-age students.

“The report documents the increased use of online learning at small and mid-sized independent colleges and universities,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “These findings will provide guidance to independent college leaders as they make important decisions about online learning at their institutions.”

Online Learning at Private Colleges and Universities 2016: A Survey of Chief Academic Officers” is based on findings from a survey of chief academic officers at Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) member colleges and universities.

Survey respondents noted nearly 20 different positive advantages of online and hybrid programs, including increases in student access, enrollment, and revenue.

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