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On-Campus Enrollment Shrinks While Online Continues its Ascent

Campus Technology

More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, representing more than a quarter (29.7 percent) of all higher education enrollments that year, according to a new report from Digital Learning Compass. Among that 29.7 percent, it's almost evenly split between students who took some but not all courses online (15.4 percent) and those who took every class online (14.3 percent). In contrast, total online enrollments in 2002 came in just under 10 percent.

Study: Online Course Enrollment Rising Rapidly at Private Nonprofits

U.S. News

Even as fewer students overall pursue a higher education, online courses are rising in popularity – including at private nonprofits, which historically were slower to embrace them, according to a report released yesterday.

Distance learning enrollment ticks up, though for-profits see declines

Education DIVE

Distance learning continues to grow, with more than six million higher ed students taking at least one distance education course in 2015, according to a report from Digital Learning Compass.

6 Million Students Took Distance Education Courses in 2015, Up 3.9 Percent from…


MORE THAN SIX MILLION students were enrolled in at least one online distance education course in Fall 2015, according to a recent study by the Digital Learning Compass, a new partnership between Babson Survey Research Group, e-Literate and WCET.

Who's Up and Who's Down in Online Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education
While overall enrollment in higher education has fallen in the past three years, the number of students taking classes at a distance has continued to grow, a new report shows.

'Volatile' but Growing Online Ed Market

Inside Higher Ed
Online enrollment continues to grow as the total number of students in college shrinks. The growth is particularly strong at private nonprofit colleges, report finds.

Counting Online Students

Inside Higher Ed
A report released last week shows that while campus enrollments declined 3.2 percent from fall 2012 to fall 2015, distance education enrollments rose 11 percent. Private nonprofit institutions saw the biggest jump in online enrollments – 40 percent – during that time period.

Online (Slowly) Rising

Inside Higher Ed
While struggling for-profit institutions are scaling back their online programs, public and private nonprofit colleges and universities are adding online courses and master’s degree programs, mainly in business, health care and technology. But the years of explosive growth are over.