Trends & Insights

We provide expert editorials and up-to-date news about the higher education space, with a focus on online education.

Top Five Things to Consider When Looking For an Online School as a Military or Veteran Student

Whether they’re moving frequently or balancing family and work on top of their studies, military ...

Adapt and Adopt: How a Change in Perspective can Help Keep Nontraditional Students Motivated During COVID-19

Clinton works at Northwest Education Access (formerly Seattle Education Access) as an Educat...

COVID-19: Inspiring A New Generation of Healthcare Workers

“When the pandemic broke out, taking action helped ease my anxiety,” reports Sherry, an online Do...

Student Spotlight: Meet our first Online Degree Scholarship winner, Mainhia Ly

Ask any of the 3.25 million students enrolled in online education in a year why they chose an onl...

Want to get involved this election season? Online students can help get out the vote

If it’s an election year, you can usually count on student activists to register voters, run soci...

Professor Young’s Tips for Learning From Home

Dr. Young is a Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication at Pa...

College in the COVID Era: Students Share What Went Well and How Schools Can Do Better

Surveys conducted early in the pandemic show students were not happy with the quality of educa...

The Class of 2020: Optimal’s New Teammates Share Perspectives on Online Learning and Graduating Into a Pandemic

Last spring, millions of students across the country were unexpectedly thrown into online classes...

Is an Online MBA Worth It? Here's What the Data Says

With the growth of online universities and developments in education technology, distance learni...

COVID-19 FAQs and Resources

COVID-19 has impacted every facet of life, including how college students pursue their educations...

COVID-19 Economy Has Students Rethinking What – and How – They Study

The coronavirus pandemic has upended education at every level, forcing students across the countr...

The Degrees with the Best ROI During the COVID-19 Recession

Every industry in the world has been impacted by COVID-19—some for the better, but most for the w...