Three questions formed the backdrop of the research study, conducted by the Arizona State University Foundation and The Boston Consulting Group, and the results of the study are now available.

The questions were:

  1. How can the use of digital technologies in postsecondary education impact students’ access to education, student outcomes, and the return on investment for students and institutions?
  2. What are the biggest challenges for an institution seeking to implement high-quality digital learning opportunities?
  3. What promising practices enable an institution to achieve impact at a larger scale?

The study’s methodology was designed specifically to examine the return on investment (ROI) of digital learning under different conditions and scenarios, based around data gained from case studies of six US based colleges and universities: Arizona State University, the University of Central Florida, Georgia State University, Houston Community College, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, and Rio Salado Community College.

The study found that when colleges and universities take a strategic approach to digital learning and invest in the design and development of high-quality courses and programs, they can achieve three critical objectives:

  1. Deliver equivalent or even improved student learning outcomes.
  2. Improve access, particularly for disadvantaged students.
  3. Improve the financial picture by growing revenue while reducing operating costs.

You can read the 57 page report here.