DIY Is Not
The average size of programs managed by traditional universities is 40% of programs managed by others. And the programs themselves are largely unexceptional; it’s rare for a DIY online program to rank as highly as the same university’s on-campus program.
There’s a reason for that.
Neither small colleges nor large state systems have the agile administrative and operational structure that online programs need— in terms of investment, expertise, coordination, and network effects.
As higher education moves irreversibly online, few colleges and universities can do so alone.