To see the future of higher education, look no further than your computer screen. Online education is growing at many times the rate of higher education overall, according to a new survey.

In the past, some prestigious schools have looked down on distance learning, fearing the quality could never measure up. But now some colleges require that students take at least one course online.

The University of Illinois campus in Springfield is small, about 5,000 students. Compared with the campuses in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, Springfield is a tiny outpost on the prairie. But when it comes to online education, this school is a titan.

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