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JSA’s Online Student Enrollment Data Reveals a Major Problem with Online EducationSource TechCrunch

JSA Online Education launched last year, aiming to be a leader in online education by providing a more accessible and user-friendly experience. 

JSA was founded by Eric Shiell, who founded the startup Emoji Cloud in 2011. 

The company’s flagship product, the JSA eLearning app, allows users to quickly view and share all of their online classes, with no prior registration required. 

It’s an important feature for any online education startup, but JSA has struggled to maintain its relevance. 

Its launch was met with backlash from students, parents, educators, and the public alike. 

On February 7, the company announced that it had received more than $2.5 million in funding, from private investors such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Google Ventures. 

At the time, JSA had over 20,000 students enrolled, with an average class size of 9.5 students. 

“In 2017, the first half of the year, we achieved an incredible level of success,” Erik Wieler, CEO of JSA, wrote in a blog post at the time. 

But the company’s growth stagnated, with its student enrollment declining by nearly a third during the first two quarters of the academic year. 

Since then, JSEV has ramped up its investments in the startup and plans to double its enrollment by the end of the school year.

“We have made significant investments in JSA and the JSEv program,” CEO Wielers said. 

According to Wielers, the $2 million from the investment rounds will help JSA grow its student enrolment by over 50% over the next two years. 

However, he cautions that the growth is not sustainable, since the JSEA program is only open for a limited period of time, and only for the most active and committed students.

 “While we believe we have the potential to be an even larger leader in the industry, we must continually improve and accelerate our growth to ensure that we can deliver the best possible education experiences to our students and the wider world,” he added. 

In the wake of the controversy, JSEV suspended JSA for the first time in its history. 

Students who registered with the startup are currently allowed to continue their education, but they will have to wait two years before they can apply to graduate. 

While JSA did have some success in enrolling students with prior education, its enrollment numbers have remained low since. 

Last year, it enrolled a little over 15,000 foreign students, but it still had a relatively low enrollment of more than 7,000. 

Despite the slow growth, the startup remains bullish on its future. 

When asked about the company, Shiel said that the company plans to launch a new online education product called JSA Education later this year.

“We know that the internet is not an end in itself, and we have a great vision for what the future of the world will look like,” Shiell wrote.

“We also believe in the ability of the Internet to connect people, and to empower them to make the best of their lives, and help create a better world for everyone.” 

[H/T: Mashable]