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Year to Year Change in Distance Education Enrollments, 2012-2015

Graph: Shows the year to year change in distance education enrollments for public, private non-profit, and private for-profit schools.

Percentage of Students Taking Distance Courses

Graph: Percentage of Students Taking Distance Courses. Shown to be on the rise from 2012 to 2015.

New Study: Over Six Million Students Now Enrolled in Distance Education

(Wellesley, MA) – The Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017, conducted by the new Digital Learning Compass organization, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 now tops six million. Growth, however, was uneven; private non-profit institutions grew by 11.4 percent while private for-profit institutions saw their distance enrollments decline by 9.4 percent. These and other findings were published today in a report titled, “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017.”

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Higher Ed: For Profit or Not? The Lines are Blurring...

CAPPS Online

As traditional and for-profit educational institutions increasingly team up, the size of the transaction and the name brands involved are enticing yet more players to jump in.

Higher Ed: For Profit or Not? The Lines are Blurring...


As for-profits lose market share in educating students, a new industry has flowered in providing back-end expertise — building online course platforms, managing students and marketing.

How Colleges Can Make the Most of Growing Online Enrollment

Ed Tech Magazine

More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, according to the latest Digital Learning Compass report.

With on-campus course enrollment on the decline and online enrollment increasing, colleges can use the latest in tech to boost student learning opportunities and reap financial benefits.

Teacher Honor Roll / Education Notebook

The Journal Gazette

Ivy Tech Community College ranks as a top community college for institutions with students taking at least one distance education course, according to Digital Learning Compass' 2017 Distance Education Enrollment Report. Ivy Tech ranked 13th of 50 institutions. Of Ivy Tech's 121,268 registered students in spring 2017, 36,621 were taking at least one distance education course.

6 million students? Must-know facts about online enrollment

eCampus News

Online enrollment at nonprofit institutions is on the rise, while for-profit institutions saw a decline of more than 9 percent, according to a new report examining trends and patterns of online enrollment in the U.S.

The Rise of the Online Higher Education Leader

Center for Digital Education

Online learning professionals are playing a bigger role in higher education as distance learning and digital course instruction continues to grow in numbers and prestige.

Building Support for Online Learning at Small Residential Institutions

Inside Higher Ed

The big online learning story of 2017 is not about the few schools that offer distance education to ten of thousands of students. Rather, it is about the impact that online education can have on teaching and learning at every institution. And this impact may be greatest at our most traditional residential colleges and universities.

Latest data on USA distance education enrollments

Tony Bates

Despite a small drop in overall enrolments in the USA in 2015, DE enrolments continued to grow, although in the three years from 2012 to 2015 the pace of growth has slowed. The main change was in the for-profit sector, probably affected by federal pressure on the use of student loans and congressional pressure for greater regulation of for-profit institutions under the Obama administration.

Assessing Kaplan-Purdue -- Revolution or Evolution??


The announcement that Purdue University, a Big Ten public institution, has agreed to acquire Kaplan University, a 30,000-student for-profit online institution, has sent shock waves across the entire higher education community.