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May 26, 2012

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Rosalyn Fagen

Hailling from the state of Texas, I agree that the cost for online courses per your article do not seem valid. Your points are well taken that administrative cost are lower in relations to staffing, classroom use, facilties, utilitiy usage and student's use of campus support services in regards to online training and traditional brick and mortar classes. It would seem that the cost would be lower or the same. Lower would be my recommendation based on the amount of money that is saved in the adminsitration of the program. I agree with Lane Community College, at least the same tuition should apply. I was reading an article from "Changing Higher Education" website which stated that 120,000 students enrolled for an online course. This is a perfect example of why it should cost the same or less, based on the quanity of students who can actually take the course. I am sure in one course 20-30 students justify a class in a brick and mortar classroom and at the 31st student profit is generated. Can you imagine the profit of 120,000 students from 31 to 120,000? A school could not provide a classroom large enough to even teach a class of this size. I agree, a cost comparison is warranted to justify such an increase for the adminstration of online learning(Distance Education.

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