There’s been a surge of staggering evidence claiming the growth of online education hinders the success of students who need it the most: Less proficient students who are in need of face-to-face time with skilled educators. These types of students tend to take more online coursework and do significantly worse than students who took the same class in a traditional setting.
As more students seek flexible alternatives to traditional, on-campus courses, online education continues to evolve. Among other trends, 2017 saw the proliferation of smaller credentials beyond online degrees, rising online course enrollment at nonprofit universities and the use of big data to track student performance.
Women face at least two ongoing educational obstacles. First, there is substantial evidence that girls continue to get streamed out of STEM programs, if not in middle or high school, at least by the time they arrive in university. Indeed, most computer science and engineering programs have yet to tip the 20% mark when it comes to graduating women.