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Note from the editor

The coronavirus caused colleges nationwide to go remote in a hurry. The reality is, many of those schools will likely return to on-campus instruction in the next year or so. That doesn't mean they will abandon virtual learning, however.

Prior to the pandemic, two- and four-year colleges were examining how to incorporate distance education. For some, it was a new revenue stream while for others it was a way to shore up enrollment. Partnerships with companies were also on the table, whether to provide a flow of students for online programs or to better equip the school to run them.

We're not yet sure how distance learning will take shape across higher education in the aftermath of the pandemic. But given that colleges, instructors and students now all have at least some experience with the mode, it will surely be a consideration. 

In this special package, we're looking at pre-pandemic trends that suggest interest in distance learning is growing.

Hallie Busta Senior Editor

Could online colleges gain traction with young students?

A considerable number of traditional-age learners are favoring colleges with flexible, remote degree options over residential campuses.

Survey: College officials don't think the online market 'has peaked'

A poll of more than 360 administrators found that 70% of colleges expect to launch fully online undergraduate programs in the next three years.

The quest to scale undergrad education online continues, but can it work?

EdX and other learning companies are enlisting traditional universities to create more inroads to college, but earlier attempts point to potential hurdles.​

Colleges flock to online proctors, but equity concerns remain

Institutions should be mindful that virtually monitored assessments require access to technology and the internet that some learners lack.

New report supports findings that online learners stay close to home

Public institutions accounted for the majority of in-state online enrollment, while the rest was divided between private nonprofits and for-profits.