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Online Enrollments in the USA Grow 10 Percent in 2011; OERs Becoming Accepted

by Tony Bates

Nov. 9, 2011, eLearning and Distance Education Resources

http://www.tonybates.ca/2011/11/09/online-enrollments-in-the-usa-grow-10-in-2011-oers-becoming-accepted/

 

This is the latest in the series of surveys formerly known as the Sloan-C survey, but now jointly supported by Pearson, Inside Higher Education, Sloan, and Kaplan University. It is based on responses from over 2,500 institutions (a response rate of 55 percent).  Significant results:

 

-- 57 percent of academic leaders believe that OERs have value and less than five percent disagree (the rest are neutral). The proportion of for-profit institutions agreeing with this statement has shown a large increase over a two-year period (moving from 49.8 percent in 2009 to 72.4 percent in 2011.)


-- Nearly two thirds of chief academic officers agreed that OERs have the potential to reduce costs.


-- The growth of online enrollments in 2011 was 10 percent, half the rate of 2010 (21 percent). The overall enrollment growth rate in US higher education was less than one percent

-- There are now over six million students in the USA taking at least one online course

-- 31 percent of all students in the USA (public, private and for-profit) are now taking at least one course online

-- Since 2003, online enrollments have grown by 358 percent

-- However, since 2003, the proportion of respondents who agree that their faculty ‘fully accept’ the ‘value and legitimacy of online education’ has edged up from 30.4  percent to just 32 percent

-- One-third of all academic leaders continue to believe that the learning outcomes for online education are inferior to those of face-to-face instruction.

-- Academic leaders at institutions with online offerings have a much more favorable opinion of the relative learning outcomes for online courses than do those at institutions with no online courses or programs.

-- 65 percent of all reporting institutions said that online learning was a critical part of their long-term strategy, a small increase from 63 percent in 2010.

-- For-profit institutions are the most likely to have included online learning as a part of their strategic plan

-- While the number of programs and courses online continue to grow, the acceptance of this learning modality by faculty has been relatively constant since first measured in 2003 (according to chief academic officers)



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