Class Differences: Online Education in the United States 2010

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The 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning has just been released.  The research was conducted by Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board and funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  The report is distributed by the Sloan Consortium.

The survey of over 2,500 colleges and universities shows that over 5.6 million students were enrolled in one or more online class during the fall semester of 2009.  This is the largest ever increase in students in a year-over-year comparison.

The key findings of the report are:

  • Other report findings include:
  • Almost two-thirds of for-profit institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long term strategy.
  • The 21%growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
  • Nearly one-half of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for face-to-face courses and programs.
  • Three-quarters of institutions report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online courses and programs.

The full report is available here.

Or, here: class-differences

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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