Industry Market Trends

As Online Education Grows, the Public Remains Wary of its Value

October 16, 2013

Enrollment in online courses is on the rise, as students opt for a more cost effective and convenient alternative to a traditional college environment. But Americans have reservations about the value of Internet-based learning, and believe it provides less vigorous testing and grading, less qualified instructors, and degrees that are viewed as less valuable by employers, new research finds. Read More

Industry Market Trends

When CSR Battles the Bottom Line, the Bottom Line Wins

October 16, 2013

For several years now we've been hearing about American businesses rushing to embrace sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Hardly a day goes by that some manufacturer isn't touting its latest socially responsible act, whether it's donating money to charity, building a greener factory, or giving away products to the poor. Tucked inside most of these altruistic stories is the implied or sometimes bluntly stated message that CSR is good for business, good for the bottom line, and good for the shareholders. It may seem heretical and counter to what businesses  and the public have been told, but recent reports have shown that maybe the motives of CSR aren't always pure. Moreover, it turns out that misguided CSR can be disastrous for businesses and their bottom lines. Read More