New Study: Over 6 Million Students Now Enrolled in Distance Education. 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.

Key report findings include:

  • The number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course topped 6 million in 2015.
  • A year-to-year increase of 226,375 distance education students represents a 3.9% increase over the previous two years.
  • More than one in four students (29.7%) now take at least one distance education course (a total of 6,022,105 students).
  • Public institutions command the largest portion of distance education students, with 67.8% of all distance students.
  • Large enrollment drops among for-profit institutions were driven by a few of the largest institutions; the majority of for-profits grew their distance enrollments.
  • The number of students studying on a campus has dropped by almost one million (931,317), between 2012 and 2015.

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Percentage of Students
Taking Distance Courses
Year-to-Year Change
in Distance Enrollments
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