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Sloan Survey: Online Enrollment up 10% to 6.1 Million Students

By on November 18, 2011
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The annual Sloan survey of online education – Going The Distance -  is out now. It shows continued, dramatic growth in online courses nationwide. Take a look at the highlights:

  • 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 rate of growth in online enrollments is ten times that of the rate in all higher education” said study co-author I Elaine Allen, Co-Director of the Babson Survey Research Group and Professor of Statistics & Entrepreneurship at Babson College. “While growth rates have declined somewhat from previous years, we see no evidence that a dramatic slowdown in online enrollments is on the horizon.”

 

Sloan Survey Graphic

Previously underwritten by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the report has been able to remain independent through the generous support of Pearson, Kaplan University, Inside Higher Ed and the Sloan Consortium. Here’s a link to the full Sloan Report for 2011.



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Muvaffak GOZAYDIN
Mar 1, 2012

10 %v increas is nothing. In the past it was 20 -24 % per year .
In fact the measure is not a good and right one .
” Number of students who take at least one online course .. ” meanningless.
The real measure is ” how many online courses were taken last year in total . ”
Let us assume the equevalent of full time students in the USDA is 18 million .
Since full timers take 10 courses per year then total courses taken per year is 180 million .
Ho0w many of those 180 million courses are ONLINE . That is the measure
Another concept to be measured is
How many fully online programs USA has and how many students are in there ?
Fully online means students do not enter the campus at all .

Trident
Dec 13, 2012

Online courses are a good indication of future learning. Some adults may not be able to attend a traditional university due to family or work obligations. Open coursework will allow them to continue learning at a potential lower cost versus a traditional classroom setting.

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