Study of distance edeucation policies and enrollments at five west and midwest U.S. colleges (generalize at your own risk). The answer to the question posed above is, "Yes, but not as much of an influence as you might think." Early adopters and early majority indtructors will adopt distance learning no matter what the policy says; indeed, they tend to thrive in a policy vacuum. Incentives and support play some role in assisting the more reluctant majority to adopt distance learning.
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