Cost is one of the big issues facing higher education.
Diminishing government funding has spiraled
the expense of attending public colleges and
universities, which, in turn, has increased the debt
burden on students to more than a trillion dollars.
Facing this issue has become a national concern
for many politicians. State legislators and governors,
as well as executives of some for-profit
education companies, have been pushing distance
education (mostly in the form of on-line courses)
as the solution.