New Federal Data Shows Continued Growth in Online Enrollment

The number of college students enrolled in at least one online course continued to increase at U.S. institutions in the 2016 academic year, according to newly-released data from the U.S. Education Department's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, the proportion of all enrolled students who are studying online also continued to increase at most levels and types of higher education institutions.

The proportion of undergraduates at Title IV-eligible institutions enrolled in at least one online class increased from 27.1 percent in 2014 to 30 percent in 2016. The proportion of graduate students enrolled at least partially online increased from 32.5 percent in 2014 to 36.6 percent in 2016. Community college students (30.9 percent) were more likely than undergraduates at four-year public institutions (29 percent) and four-year private colleges (25.6 percent) to be enrolled in an online class, reported Inside Higher Ed.

Students at for-profit institutions were by far likeliest to be enrolled in distance education, but the for-profit institutions as a sector continued to see a large overall drop in enrollment.


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