Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

New Government Data Sheds Light on Online Learners

Jun. 12, 2014 US News and World Report

Despite speculation that online education is rapidly changing the face of higher education, a new set of government data shows students might not be embracing virtual learning at the pace previously estimated.

About 5.4 million students, or one in four, took at least one distance education course during the fall of 2012, according to data released earlier this month ?by the National Center for Education Statistics.

[Explore whether online learning will lower the cost of your degree.]

While that may be a significant number of students, it’s 1.7 million fewer than reported previously in theannual Babson Survey Research Group survey,? the former benchmark of online learning. And? 74 percent of students were not enrolled in any distance education courses at all.

The government data was released in June? as a series of Web tables looking at online learners by state, region, institution and a number of other factors. The National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education, collected data from institutions eligible for Title IV financial aid.

“This gives us complete data for the first time in over a decade,” says Russell Poulin, interim co-executive director for WCET, an organization that advocates for effective technology use in higher education. “We’ll be able to go back and see what the growth has been.”

Read More on US News and World Report

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

Why Success Makes No Sense Until You Embrace Your Failures

Embracing your failures doesn't mean promoting mediocrity: it is the key to achieving sustained success.

Read More

How to Get Your Big Ideas Noticed By the Right People

Choose your champion and do your homework.

Read More

How to demonstrate 'past experience' on your resume

Tips from the best in the business

Read More

Solopreneur Success: 5 Tips for Growing a One-Person Business

Know the risks, have a safety net and be extremely organized.

Read More

Happy Thanksgiving

Remember to let your family and friends know how much they mean.

Read More

Families Are Reuniting for Their First Post-Vax Thanksgiving.

Here is some good advice.

Read More

A Step-by-Step Thanksgiving Checklist

Let's make this a little easier for you.

Read More

9 Tips to Having a Healthy Thanksgiving

A little mindfulness goes a long way.

Read More