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The paper discusses the emergence of distance learning programs and nontraditional students but reveals that many institutions of higher education fail to initiate change or to disturb the status quo. The paper asserts that effective educational leaders will need to overcome this fear of change and instead embrace new technologies and innovations in the delivery of educational services in the future.
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From the Paper:"These are especially important considerations for nontraditional students who may want and need a different mix of educational services than traditional colleges and universities are prepared to offer them. Distance learning initiatives have become more commonplace in recent years, and some colleges and universities, such as the Capella, University of Phoenix and Walden University are based entirely online (Ghezzi, 2007). Other brick-and-mortar educational institutions have adopted some aspects of distance learning programs to supplement their on-campus offerings, but Ghezzi suggests that much more remains to be done before the needs of all students in the 21st century can be satisfied. Unfortunately, the reluctance to change has adversely affected the rate at which many schools have embraced distance learning initiatives, and many educators consider the quality of educational services delivered through these media to be inferior to their on-campus counterparts (Ghezzi). Despite these perceptions, it is becoming increasingly apparent that distance learning initiatives are highly congruent with the needs of students today."
Sample of Sources Used:
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Educational Leadership in the 21st Century (2010, December 14) Retrieved July 09, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/educational-leadership-in-the-21st-century-146041/
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