2018 Report: Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States


The Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) is a survey design, implementation, and analysis organization. BSRG was founded in 2005 within the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College.

BSRG has worked on a number of large surveys including the annual survey of global entrepreneurship (GEM) involving more than 70 countries and 160,000 respondents worldwide and the annual survey of online education that includes all colleges and universities in the US

The new report reveals distance student enrollments have increased for the fourteenth straight year.  Other key findings include:

  • The year-to-year addition of 337,016 distance education students, a 5.6 percent increase, exceeds the gains seen over the past three years.

  • 31.6 percent of all students now take at least one distance education course (a total of 6,359,121 students).

  • Distance students are fairly evenly split between those who take both distance and non-distance courses (3,356,041 students) and those who take exclusively distance courses (3,003,080).

  • Distance education enrollments are highly concentrated, five percent of institutions account for almost half of all distance education students.

  • Distance enrollments remain local: 52.8 percent of all students who took at least one distance course also took a course on-campus, and 56.1 percent of those who took only distance courses reside in the same state as the institution at which they are enrolled.

  • The number of students studying on a campus has dropped by over one million (1,173,805, or 6.4 percent) between 2012 and 2016

Download the report from the website here. http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/index.html 

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