Plenty of college students are disenchanted with the online experience forced by pandemic. According to a national survey of students by Third Way, 55 percent of students agree that “higher education is not good quality now that it has moved partially or entirely online.” Enrollment in colleges and universities has crashed—freshman enrollment fell 13 percent and overall enrollment was down 4.4 percent.
At the same time the disruptive innovators in higher education are doing well. Enrollment at large online institutions—those that do online learning well—has skyrocketed. Southern New Hampshire University’s enrollment soared 18 percent. Western Governors University’s is up 7 percent.
So what will happen next?