Decades after colleges embraced courses that students could take at their own pace, the trend is toward synchrony once again.
Student-acquisition costs are lower and retention rates are higher for institutions that team up with companies to give tuition discounts to workers.
Students who do well in a series of free online courses will enhance their chances of being accepted into a supply-chain-management program on the campus.
The investment firm run by Jonathan Grayer has bought Learning House, which works with nonprofit colleges to develop online degree programs.
Students and other employees in the university's distance-education office misused the Blackboard course-management system to obtain test answers, a campus police investigation found.
A majority of faculty members said in a survey that teaching online courses was burdensome and inadequately rewarded, and learning outcomes for students were inferior to the results of face-to-face instruction.
The president, Brian Mueller, announced on Wednesday that he was leaving to take a similar post at Grand Canyon University, a smaller institution with aspirations to grow.
The institution announced that it will offer 40 online courses to students in China in the spring of 2009, but observers say that the program's online focus may not satisfy China's Ministry of Education.
Ten institutions plan to reveal measures of student learning and graduates' success rates in their careers, among other data. Potential students can use the information to choose the program best for them.