SOURCE: Walden University

Walden University

September 25, 2009 16:47 ET

Walden University President Speaks Out on Pros of Online Learning

Jonathan Kaplan Points to Recent DOE Study That Shows Clear Advantages of Distance Learning

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - September 25, 2009) - A recent study on the benefits of distance learning issued by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), led Walden University President Jonathan Kaplan to publish an editorial in Inside Higher Ed, a premier higher education news source, on the benefits of online education.

This report, "Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies," concludes that students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction. The report looked at research over 12 years and found that online students would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance compared with traditional students, who ranked in the 50th percentile.

In his op-ed, President Kaplan outlined some of the many advantages of online education, such as greater student participation and increased faculty attention, particularly on fostering class discussions. He also shared how Walden continues to hold itself accountable on assessment, as well as mentioning research studies that examine the impact of Walden graduates in their industries.

In fact, Walden sponsored a recent study about graduates from its M.S. in Education program. The study evaluated teachers in Tacoma, Wash., and found students of teachers who graduated from the program with a specialization in Elementary Reading and Literacy had gains in reading fluency that were, on average 4.8 words per minute -- or 14 percent -- greater than students of non-Walden-master's educated teachers. To read more about this study, "Linking Teacher Learning to Student Success," go to

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About Walden University

Since 1970, Walden University has helped working professionals achieve academic goals and make a greater impact in their professions and communities. More than 33,000 students from all 50 states and over 90 countries are currently pursuing bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees at Walden, which is the flagship online university in the Laureate International Universities network -- a global network of 42 campus-based and online universities in 20 countries.

Walden offers more than 36 online degree programs with over 140 specializations and concentrations, including health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology and engineering.

Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (

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