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One small college moves online — carefully

The Muhlenberg group also recommended that digital learning efforts fit with the institution’s mission and reinforce the college’s reputation as a liberal arts college, but with a digital presence. It also suggested that the university collaborate with other institutions and consider prospects for a blended master’s degree program.

One online learning expert has suggested that digital courses are the best path for struggling small private institutions to survive, and said that some colleges may have to alter their belief that online courses are impersonal or lack enough guidance from an instructor because these institutions won’t survive without a digital presence.

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