Higher Ed Enrollments Flat while Online Booms!
Each year, Sloan-C releases a report about the state of online learning in US higher ed. Last year's report revealed that enrollments from '07-08 increased 17% and there were many that predicted a plateau for the upcoming year. The data in this year's report, Class Differences, foiled that prediction!
US higher ed online enrollments from fall '08-09 increased 21% from the previous year and comprise roughly 30% of all higher ed enrollments. While the rate of increase year-over-year continues to reshape enrollments it's important to keep this growth in perspective with what's happening with overall higher ed enrollments -- they remained relatively stagnant at 1.2%, even less than the previous year's total growth which was 2.5%. This means, each year more and more college students continue to take more online classes and less face-to-face classes. In 2009, one in three college students was enrolled in at least one online class.