Trends & Insights

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

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 when higher education made the switch to remote learning. The COVID...

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

With the growth of online universities and developments in education technology, distance learning has taken on a new significance in the last decade. Student needs ...

COVID-19 FAQs and Resources

COVID-19 has impacted every facet of life, including how college students pursue their educations. Current and prospective college students are wondering how to proc...

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

The coronavirus pandemic has upended education at every level, forcing students across the country to rethink academic plans. As schools weigh options for re-opening...

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 worse. In addition to the financial fallout, the particulars of this ...