Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

February 27, 2018

Episode 14: Online’s Bottom Line

“Online’s Bottom Line” previews a forthcoming study from Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on the return-on-investment for digital learning programs at 10 diverse institutions. (The study will be released in early April 2018.) Guests examine the promise of digital learning programs in increasing access, improving student success outcomes and affordability, and lowering operational costs, and discuss best practices in the field.

Additional Resources

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EDUCAUSE Review: Personalized Learning: What It Really Is and Why It Really Matters

Ithaka S+R: Breaking the Iron Triangle at the University of Central Florida

Houston Community College

EdSurge On Air podcast

EdSurge weekly higher ed newsletter 

Beyond the MOOC Hype: A Guide to Higher Education’s High-Tech Disruption

Guest Bios

Lou Pugliese is a senior innovation fellow and managing director of the Teaching and Learning Action Lab at Arizona State University. Previously, Pugliese served as CEO of Moodlerooms, president of Learning Diagnostics, vice president of ETS, and founding CEO of Blackboard.



Dale Whittaker is provost and executive vice president for the University of Central Florida (UCF). As UCF’s chief academic officer, Dr. Whittaker has launched new divisions of digital learning and teaching and learning and led the creation of UCF’s new Collective Impact strategic plan.



Stephen Levey is the associate vice chancellor of Academic Instruction at Houston Community College in Houston, TX.  He has been involved in community college administration as well as the development and administration of online learning at all levels of higher education.



Rhonda Tracy is the chancellor of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), which includes 16 colleges on more than 70 campuses across the state.  As chancellor, she serves as the system-level chief academic officer providing leadership for academic affairs, economic/workforce development, and distance learning initiatives.



Rahim RajanRahim Rajan is a senior program officer on the Postsecondary Success team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He manages two portfolios in digital learning and remedial education to lower costs and, in turn, improve student access and completion rates.



Jeffrey R. Young is the senior editor of higher education coverage at EdSurge and co-host of the EdSurge On Air podcast. He previously spent 20 years at The Chronicle of Higher Education as a reporter and editor, and was a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.



Allison Bailey is the senior partner & managing director at Boston Consulting Group. She leads the People & Organization and Education practices in North America and works with clients on issues related to strategy, growth, organization, large-scale transformation, and operational improvement.



Moderator Bio

Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.