The Effects of the Internet on Higher Education

Brandon Doner, Jon Kahn, Alicia Phipps, Matt Vorell

Perhaps no other influence has so affected the face of higher education than the World Wide Web.  Nearly every aspect of learning that was once thought to be set in concrete, no longer is.  The typical student no longer has to be white, between the ages 18-22, and want to be a doctor.  Thanks to such things as distance education, busy house wives can receive a degree from an accredited institution without ever having to step a foot on a university campus.  Business people can work on work on finishing their master's thesis while on assignment in Malaysia.  Also, universities themselves have changed to match the times.  Smaller colleges in order to compete with larger schools are offering more on-line course.  Major corporations are now offering to pay for their employees to receive their degrees or training on-line as well.

For this project, we conducted a convenience sample survey of the attitudes and awareness of Miami students of role of computers and the Internet in their lives.  The most significant findings were that nearly 3 out of 4 students strongly disagreed that they could have survived the educational demands of college without a computer. Also, nearly 84% of participants felt the same way about the Internet.  For the full results of the survey...

    In addition to the survey, specific areas that we examined were:


This project was produced for Psy 380, Social Psychology of Cyberspace, Spring 2000,  at Miami University.  All graphics in these pages are used with permission or under fair use guidelines, are in the public domain,  or were created by the authors.  Last revised:  This document has been accessed 1   times since April 15, 2002.  Comments & Questions to R. Sherman