Geographer Questions If Distance Really Matters in Distance Education

Distance education’s biggest appeal may be convenience, rather than closing distance, suggests a study by University of Cincinnati geographer Tony H. Grubesic and a colleague.

Grubesic, assistant professor of geography in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, and Daniel G. Oliver of the Ohio State University, analyzed distance education enrollments in the 38-campus Virginia Community College System (VCCS), using data from the 1999-2000 school year. They randomly sampled about 15,000 out of the 28,510 VCCS distance education students enrolled in at least one course.

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