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Babson Annual Report - Grade Increase - Tracking Distance Education in the United States

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.

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Previous Annual Survey Reports

2017 Digital Learning Compass - Distance Education Enrollment Report
The Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017, produced by Digital Learning Compass, in partnership with OLC, Pearson and Tyton Partners, points to continued growth in distance education, even as overall higher education enrollments decline.
Online Report Card - Tracking Online Education in the United States
2015 Online Report Card – Tracking Online Education in the United States Multi-year trend shows growth in online enrollments continues to outpace overall higher ed enrollments.
Grade Level - Tracking Online Education in the United States 2014
2014 – Grade Level:Tracking Online Education in the United States reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent from the previous year.
Grade Level - Tracking Online Education in the United States 2014
2013 – Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States Using responses from more than 2,800 colleges and universities, this study is aimed at answering fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.
2012 - Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States
2012 – Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States The 2012 Survey of Online Learning reveals that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million. Higher education adoption of Massive Open Online Courses remains low, with most institutions still on the sidelines.
2011 - Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States
2011 – Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States “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.”
2010 - Class Differences: Online Education in the United States
2010 – Class Differences: Online Education in the United States Enrollment rose by almost one million students from a year earlier. The survey of more than 2,500 colleges and universities nationwide finds approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online course in fall 2009, the most recent term for which figures are available.
2010 - Class Connections: High School Reform and the Role of Online Learning
2010 – Class Connections: High School Reform and the Role of Online Learning Using data collected from a national sample of principals this study examines the role of online and blended instruction in addressing concerns and issues facing the American high school.
2009 - Strong Faculty Engagement in Online Learning APLU Reports
2009 – Strong Faculty Engagement in Online Learning APLU Reports More than one-third of public university faculty have taught an online course, while more than one-half have recommended an online course to students, according to an unprecedented study of administrative and faculty views toward online learning.
2009 - Learning on Demand - Online Education in the United States
2009 – Learning on Demand – Online Education in the United States For the past six years, online enrollments have been growing substantially faster than overall higher education enrollments. The expectation has been that these enrollments would continue their substantial growth for at least another year. Do the measured enrollments match these lofty expectations?
K-12 Online Learning: A 2008 Follow-up of the Survey of U.S. School District Administrators
K-12 Online Learning: A 2008 Follow-up of the Survey of U.S. School District Administrators Based on a national survey of school district administrators during the 2005-2006 academic year, this report was one of the first studies to collect data on and compare fully online and blended learning in K-12 schools.
2008 - Staying The Course - Online Education in the United States
2008 – Staying The Course – Online Education in the United States This study, is based on responses from more than 2,500 colleges and universities, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.
2007 – Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning
2007 – Online Nation: Five Years of Growth in Online Learning This study, is based on responses from more than 2,500 colleges and universities, is aimed at answering some of the fundamental questions about the nature and extent of online education.