50 Striking Statistics About Distance Learning in Higher Education
Distance and online learning is a big deal in higher education. Not only are more students taking online classes at traditional four-year colleges, but also the rise of innovative for-profit online schools is changing the landscape. We all know it’s happening, but now we can quantify the affect of online learning with these 50 striking statistics.
of full-time faculty at community colleges teach distance education classes; part-time faculty teach 35%. Source.
completion rate for online classes at community colleges, compared to 76% for traditional face-to-face courses. Source.
increase in the number of students selecting distance-learning courses as a part of their regular college curriculum between 1998 and 2008. Source.
of undergraduate students are predicted to receive 80% or more of their education through online courses by 2013. Source.
of students enrolled in at least one online course at the associate’s degree level, compared to 17% at the bachelor’s degree level. Source.
of leaders of for-profit colleges and universities report that their institutions offer classes online, and more than half (54%) say these classes offer the same value as classes taken in person. Source.
of the presidents of four-year liberal arts colleges report that their institutions offer classes that are taught exclusively online, compared to 79% of presidents of research universities and 82% of those at community colleges. Source.
of college students who have taken a class online have earned a degree entirely online. Source.
of all adults who have taken a class online say the format’s educational value is equal to that of a course taken in a classroom. Source.
of students have taken online classes. Source.
of students believe that virtual learning provides increased flexibility to take classes. Source.
of students believe that virtual learning provides the opportunity for professional adults to take classes while working full time. Source.
of university IT staff believe that virtual learning is essential to a 21st-century classroom, compared to 63% of administrators. Source.
of college IT managers surveyed say their institution offers online learning. Source.
of faculty members believe that virtual learning is essential to a 21st-century classroom, compared to 53% of students. Source.
of college presidents say online courses provide equal value to classroom experiences. Source.
of the public says online courses offer an equal value compared with courses taken in a classroom. Source.
of college presidents report that their institutions offer online courses. Source.
of four-year public colleges and universities offer online classes, compared to 60% of four-year private schools. Source.
of four-year private colleges and universities offer online classes. Source.
of college graduates report that they have taken a class online. Source.
of college presidents predict that 10 years from now most of their students will take classes online. Source.
of two-year colleges offer online courses. Source.
of college and universities that offer online courses grant degrees for which all the course work can be completed online. Source.
of residential colleges and universities offer online courses to students who live on campus. Source.
of college presidents report that more than half of their undergraduate students have taken an online course. Source.
of online institutions based at community colleges use student evaluations. Source.
of online institutions based at community colleges use some type of administrative review. Source.
of community colleges develop their own content for online courses. Source.
of community colleges use publisher content for online courses. Source.
of community colleges use contract or license materials from content providers. Source.
of community colleges own and maintain their own servers for their online classes. Source.
of community colleges outsourced their server needs to a third party, such as a learning management system provider, publisher or IT provider. Source.
of community colleges shared servers with others, such as a state system, district or consortium. Source.
of community colleges currently offer an online student orientation for distance education classes. Source.
of community colleges currently offer online plagiarism evaluations for distance education classes. Source.
of community colleges offer a dedicated website for their distance education program and students. Source.
of community colleges offer online admission. Source.
of community colleges currently offer online registration for their classes. 40% of institutions reported that they charge students an additional per-credit fee to take distance education classes — the minimum collected was $2, the maximum was $80, with a median average of $22. Source.
of community colleges offer blended/hybrid courses. Source.
of community colleges offer interactive video (IAV) courses. Source.
of community colleges continue to increase the number of blended/hybrid courses each term. Source.
growth of distance education enrollments from fall 2011 to fall 2012. Source.
of community colleges have deactivated their interactive video (IAV) courses or have never offered IAV courses. Source.
of community colleges are continuing to increase the number of IAV courses each term. Source.
of faculty members at community colleges believe that faculty participation in training programs for distance education is mandatory. Source.
of community colleges limit the number of online class sections a full-time faculty member can teach each term. Source.
of students at community colleges who take online courses are traditional students. Source.
of students at community colleges who take online courses are female and 36% are male. Source.
of distance learners are employed full-time. Source.
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