2U wants to nail the coffin shut on certain beliefs that persist in the realm of online degrees in its latest impact report.
For one, the idea that online degree programs are "low quality" doesn't hold up, reported the company, since the institutions that it works with issue the same degrees to their online students as their on-campus students.
For another, the notion that students can't network to the same level as face-to-face programs is disproved, the company said, when universities promote in-person networking experiences and an engaging virtual campus.
This year's report comments on the number of "successful student field placements" or internships facilitated by 2U. The total is 20,493 at about 14,000 different organizations around the world. Those placements are of significance as the organization expands its business in health care and other fields where clinical practice is a requirement.
"The preconceived notions about online education are often quite negative. Our new impact report strives to shatter those preconceived notions, offering proof that 2U-enabled degree programs are having a positive effect on students, faculty and institutions," said 2U's CEO and co-founder, Chip Paucek, in a statement. "Innovations in technology and content delivery are dramatically changing the world of online education, allowing for a learning experience that is just as engaging as the traditional classroom."
Via Kim Flintoff