WELLESLEY, Mass., Jan. 11, 2018/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
A new report, Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States, by the Babson Survey Research Group, reveals distance student enrollments have increased for the fourteenth straight year in 2016.
The most recent gain translates to over thirty percent of higher education students taking at least one distance education course. Growth, however, was uneven; public institutions grew by 7.3 percent, private non-profit institutions by 7.1 percent, while private for-profit institutions had their distance enrollments decline by 4.5 percent.
"The growth of distance enrollments has been relentless," said study co-author Julia E. Seaman, research director of the Babson Survey Research Group. "They have gone up when the economy was expanding, when the economy was shrinking, when overall enrollments were growing, and now when overall enrollments are shrinking."
Key report findings include:
"The growth in distance learning enrollments, in part, reflects the commitment to quality and innovation by those designing and delivering distance programs," said Kathleen S. Ives, CEO and executive director, Online Learning Consortium. "Competition for students is more intense than ever, requiring institutions to continue to advance the quality and relevance of their programs, or risk losing ground to those who are successfully serving the education and career goals of the modern learner."
The complete report, "Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States" is available at https://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/highered.html.
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