“PulsePoint Group's study helps to build greater understanding about the value of online education and the potential for new models to emerge that meet the needs of a variety of learners,” Erickson said. “The findings underscore that online education will not replace residential education experiences, but, rather, that there is room for both in today's changing marketplace.”

Also noting the survey’s significance was Emory University President James W. Wagner: “Research of this sort, tapping into the experiences of those with a history of engagement in on-line learning, is illuminating and important. It cuts through a debate that has been dominated by ideologues and people with agendas, and tells us what students really think about online learning, what they expect from it, and even what they're willing to pay for it.”

Wagner continued: “It sends a clear message to us as educators and administrators: online learning is neither a panacea nor a passing fad, but an important new cluster of technologies that universities, including Emory, will have an opportunity to add to their toolkit to better serve our mission of teaching, scholarship, and service.  It has the potential not only to expand the reach of education beyond the physical campus, but also to welcome the world’s learners – their questions and perspectives - onto the campus to enrich even further the value of the on-campus experience.”