RoundTable reader Mike sees value in both traditional and online education models. He weighed in yesterday, in part:
Ultimately, it is up to each individual to discover their own learning preference and seek the path to their education. All students are different and so are their learning styles. I strongly feel there is a need for both distance learning and brick and mortar colleges. Probably the most important factor to consider is the accreditation of the college or university. There are a high number of distance learning institutes that are not accredited. This causes many to doubt the legitimacy of distance education. The same holds true for bricks and mortar schools. Many have been exposed and shut down due to them not being accredited or worse, a diploma mill that will take your money and send you a bogus degree. The television show 60 Minutes did a story about one of these in California.