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Draft 219 Sep 12B. E. White The Case for On-Line College Education B. E. White and S. J. GandhiAbstractThe principal benefit of an on-line college education is to greatly increase the likelihood of a productiveadult life without having to attend on-site college classes while incurring the associated exorbitanttuition and high living costs that have become largely unaffordable for the majority of aspirants. Withtoday’s internet technology and social networking capabilities it is quite feasible to provide superioreducational opportunities for a much larger and more diverse population of young people. The on-linemedium is also an ideal venue for innovation in education and serves as a great source of information(through surveys) to further improve modern educational techniques and methods. If a sufficientnumber of students avail themselves of an on-line college education, over time, the gap between thehaves and have-nots in our society could be narrowed significantly. In addition, because more educatedpeople tend to have fewer children and become more tolerant of others, this will put less pressure onglobal resources and positively affect our overall quality of life. This paper will explore the viability ofthese notions through further elaboration, the gathering and reporting of supporting data, theapplication of relevant fundamentals from complexity theory, and finally, stimulating analogies aboutcomplex system behaviors and principles of complex systems engineering, all to help influence a positivetransformation in the mindsets of students, professors, and college educators.
White, B. E., & Gandhi, S. J. (2013, June), The Case for On-Line College Education - a work in progress Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22555
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