Norfolk, VA, January 27, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- According to the 2009 survey published by the Sloan Consortium, higher education institutions saw a 17 percent increase in online enrollment in 2008, 5 percent more than experienced in 2007 and eclipsing the 1.2 growth rate of the overall higher-education student population. The report found a total of more than 4.6 million online students—up from about 3.9 million in the previous year.
Despite this growth, the data suggest that not enough institutions have taken online education into account as they conduct deal with budget cuts and space shortages. The report also found that public institutions are by far the most likely to believe that online education is key to their long-term strategy, even though the benefits of online enrollment growth can be experienced by almost all types of academic institutions and training programs.
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The Sloan report is based on data collected from more than 2,500 colleges and universities by the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board. The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Report states the study's other key findings:
· Bad economic times, which traditionally drive more people back to school, are having a particularly strong impact on demand for online courses. Seventy-three percent of institutions report increased demand for existing online courses, compared with 54 percent for face-to-face. Sixty-six percent report increased demand for new online courses. And students are clamoring for distance education at colleges that don't offer it; 45 percent of institutions in that category report growing demand for new online courses and programs.
· Less than one-third of chief academic officers think that their faculty members accept the "value and legitimacy" of online education, a perception that hasn't changed much in the past six years. (Another survey, released in 2009, also reflected broad faculty suspicion about the quality of online courses.)
· More than two-thirds of institutions have a contingency plan to deal with a disruption from the H1N1 flu, and substituting online for face-to-face classes is an element in 67 percent of those plans.
· The overwhelming majority of the 4.6-million online students—over 82 percent—are undergraduates.
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