The Babson Distance Education Enrollment Report for 2017 was recently released. This is a new iteration of the report, a series which has been around for a decade. This new endeavor is a collaboration of a number of leaders in the space that have decided to join forces. As the website says:
Realizing that we accomplish more together (and that we liked each other’s data wonk personalities), the three organizations partnered in 2017 to create the Digital Learning Compass. Our goal: To be the definitive source of information on the patterns and trends of U.S. postsecondary distance learning.
The Chronicle of Higher Education updated its 2012 statistics on online education providers. Using information from the Digital Learning Compass: Digital Education Enrollment Report 2017, the chronicle states that over 6 million students, or nearly 30 of college students, took online distance education classes in 2015. Only 5 percent of institutions account for nearly half of these students. In fact, 50 institutions account for nearly 1.5 million students. Private non-profits are going the fastest, while for-profit colleges have declines since 2012.
Top Online Schools 2015 with Growth from 2012
- University of Phoenix: 162,003 (-94,343)
- Liberty University: 72,519 (2,584)
- Western Governors University: 41,369 (29,135)
- Southern New Hampshire University: 56,371 (45,085)
- Grand Canyon University: 44,006 (10,537
The University of Phoenix’s reduced numbers is in line with its announced plans to “shrink itself” though eliminating most of its associate degrees and closing more is its physical campuses.
The full Chronicle story is here.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced that Purdue would acquire Kaplan University. That announcement has drawn the ire of Purdue faculty, who found out about the acquisition when the announcement was made. Obviously the negotiations to buy Kaplan had to be done in private as Kaplan’s owner is a publicly traded company. However, this has raised shared governance issues that could draw scrutiny from Purdue’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.
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