Online College Enrollment: By the Numbers
In 2012 –
Number of students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses
Number of students enrolled in some but not all distance education courses
Number of students not enrolled in any distance education courses
Who is taking online courses?
40% of online students are 29 years of age or younger
40% of online students do not work full-time
More than twice as many women as men enroll in online education
Graduate students are more likely than undergraduates to study exclusively online.
Students studying exclusively online:
Graduate Students: 22%
Undergraduate Students: 11%
Popularity by Fields of Study for Online Students in 2012:
Health Professions: 16%
Social Sciences: 16%
Humanities or Liberal Arts: 6%
What kind of school are online students attending?
In 2012 –
Public, not-for-profit: 44%
Private, not-for-profit: 21%
How are Students paying for their education?
Student loans and other financial aid: 36%
Personal funds: 32%
A combination of personal funds and student loans or other financial aid: 25%
It’s not all good news
A close look at the Annual Growth Rate for Online Enrollment a startling pattern of decline starts to emerge.
The Influence of MOOCs: Still not accepted
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were grabbing massive attention a few years ago, but today –
Only 8% of higher education institutions offer one.
And only 5.6% have one in the planning stages.
Among academic leaders
Only 18% believe that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses.
And Only 28% say that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy of online education”
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