iSchoolGuide Story: Report Sees Rise in Online Learners, Highest in Private, Non-profit Four-Year Institutions
By Hanna Sanchez
The Babson Survey Research Group released its annual report on online enrollment, which revealed a continuously growing number of students studying online. However, the authors also discovered that the growth rate is also the slowest in nearly a decade.
The study, “Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States,” has shown that nearly 5.3 million people signed up in at least one online course in the fall of 2013, a 3.7 percent increase from the previous fall. Enrollment is increasing in private and public schools, but the report showed a decrease in the for-profit sector, according to Kristin Decarr of Education News.
Authors of the report reviewed the information from the 2,800 college and university officials nationwide who responded in the study and looked at a data gathered from a partnership with the College Board. For the first time in twelve years, the authors used a newly-issued data from the 5,000 schools that reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System by the National Center for Education Statistics. They said previous reports showed an increased number of online students as the information used was not as accurate as the data provided by the government.