Economies Of Online Scale

The State University of New York, a system of 64 campuses, and Florida’s dozen-member university system are seeking to offer new online degree programs by January while consolidating authority and avoiding redundant efforts by different campuses.

In New York, this means the system office is taking the reins. In Florida, it means the University of Florida is likely to lead a new online effort on behalf of the state system and gain thousands of new students in the process.

While the two approaches are a bit different, officials in both states seem to realize online education programs need to be pruned to properly grow.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher wants to consolidate online course offerings after nearly 20 years of institutional independence.

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