As we travel around to military bases, here is my biggest issue with online schools: technology should lower the cost, not increase it! Here is a quote from a recent Businessweek article on military education benefits:
"On-line education programs cost about 28 percent more than comparable courses taught on ground campuses in fiscal year 2009, said Daniel Sitterly, director of force development for the U.S. Air Force. Many online programs charge the maximum per credit hour, $250, that institutions are allowed, he said."
That is just wrong. Lamar University has a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences that works for military members that costs just $150 per credit hour with NO Application fee. Let's do the math shall we? If the maximum you can get per fiscal year is $4,500 then you can take either take 6 classes at most online schools or 10 classes at Lamar University.
While I was at the Great Lakes Education fair, the ESO there told me he was happy to see online schools that didn't charge the maximum because they could.
So scrutinize away - it is time for military education to leverage technology to increase efficiency, not costs.