Mar 24, 2020
"For years, many have assumed that online education was inferior to in-person delivery methods in providing an engaging, high-quality educational experience. This study conducted by Gallup and 2U suggests otherwise," said Gallup Executive Director of Education Research
2U has spent over a decade helping top-tier non-profit universities move online and currently powers 73 online graduate degree programs across 26 disciplines. As part of the quantitative and qualitative study commissioned by 2U, Gallup surveyed a statistically relevant sample of graduates from 2U-powered online degree programs about their experiences as students, as well as their post-graduation careers and personal well-being. The survey was conducted from
Alumni of 2U partner programs surveyed for the study reported strong academic experiences, job outcomes, and well-being. They were more likely than graduate students overall to have professors who excited them about learning, more likely to rate the overall quality of the faculty as excellent, and more likely to agree that they received the academic support they needed from faculty at their institutions. Additional key findings include:
"At a moment when higher education institutions around the world are rapidly pivoting to move their degree programs online, the Gallup-2U study demonstrates that, when done right, online learning can be extremely high-quality and deliver great student outcomes," said 2U Co-Founder and CEO Christopher "Chip" Paucek. "Our new report with Gallup provides important insights for the higher education community and policymakers on what it takes to build, deliver, and support truly great online education."
The Gallup-2U Graduate Outcomes Benchmark Report is the inaugural release in a three-year study designed to better understand the quality and student outcomes delivered by 2U partners' online degree programs. Gallup has been studying links between higher education experiences and post-completion outcomes over the past decade. The report is available to download at Gallup.com.
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