Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States

Going the Distance

The 2011 annual suvey conducted by Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board is now available.  The report was produced in conjunction with Sloan-C, Kaplan Univeristy, Inside Higher Ed, and Pearson.

The survey shows that the growth rate in online enrollments is ten times that rate in higher education in general.  The key findings of the report are:

  • Over 6.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.
  • The 10% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
  • Thirty-one percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
  • Reported year-to-year enrollment changes for fully online programs by discipline show most are growing.
  • Academic leaders believe that the level of student satisfaction is equivalent for online and face-to-face courses.
  • 65% of higher education institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy.
  • There continues to be a consistent minority of academic leaders concerned that the quality of online instruction is not equal to courses delivered face-to-face.

The full report is available here.

Or, here: goingthedistance

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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