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.