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A research report conducted by The Angus Reid Group into Internet
usage among teens and young adults finds that the Internet is now
as common and invaluable as the encyclopedia and school library
were to earlier generations of students. However, Internet access
in schools varies widely around the world and most schools have
yet to offer Web-related courses, according to interviews
conducted with full- and part-time students in 16 countries. Among
the countries surveyed, Sweden and Canada lead the list in
offering students access to the Internet from their schools. The
report, titled The Face of the Web: Youth, found that more than
nine in 10 students who have access in Australia, Canada, the
United States, and Sweden report using the Web to complete their
school assignments. It also found that the biggest gap between
nations exists in access to schools offering courses about the
Internet. For more information see, http://www.angusreid.com/

In a state that requires institutions of higher education to have
either accreditation or state approval in order to operate, the
for-profit Canyon College has neither. In order to operate without
breaking Idaho laws, the college offers degrees via distance
education only to students outside the state. However, no other
state has regulatory authority over Canyon because the institution
is outside every other state's borders. Now, officials in Oregon,
which does not allow students to use degrees from unaccredited
colleges or universities, and Idaho are groping for a way to
regulate the institution. According to Robin A. Dodson, chief
academic officer for the Idaho State Board of Education, federal
guidelines are what's needed in order to regulate distance
education. "In the West, that's almost heresy," he said. "But if
there was a national standard on online education, the states
would really appreciate it." (The Chronicle of Higher Education,
20 September 2000)

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