Research

Find abstracts and links to previous works conducted by Digital Learning Compass. Also included are related works produced by Babson Survey Research Group, e-Literate, and WCET on their own or in partnership.

2017

Digital Learning Compass: New report on distance education higher ed enrollments

Organization: e-Literate
Authors: Phil Hill
Summary: The next generation of the long-running Online Learning Survey is here, and it is now called Digital Learning Compass. Originally known as the Sloan Survey of Online Learning, then known as the Online Learning Survey, this study led by Jeff Seaman and Elaine Allen from the Babson Survey Research Group (BSRG) has been the definitive source for understanding the state of online learning for higher education in the United States since 2003.

New Digital Learning Compass Shows Distance Enrollments Trending Upwards

Organization: WCET
Authors: Russ Poulin
Summary: Higher education enrollments for all students fell, but more students enrolled in distance education courses than ever before. This is one of the findings of the new “Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017” released by the new Digital Learning Compass partnership.

Do For-profit Institutions Converting to Non-profit Affect Distance Education Enrollment Numbers?

Organization: e-Literate
Authors: Phil Hill
Summary:

The total distance education enrollment changes – for students taking exclusively online courses or at least one online course – based on these sector changes is only 425. Given the changes mentioned in the report, no significant impact on the enrollment numbers.

2016

Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education in the United States

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The 2015 Survey of Online Learning, Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education in the United States, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group in partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, WCET, StudyPortals, and Tyton Partners, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 is up 3.9% over the previous year. Growth, however, was uneven; private non-profit institutions grew by 11.3% while private for-profit institutions saw their distance enrollments decline by 2.8%.

Fall 2014 IPEDS Data: New Profile of US Higher Ed Online Education

Organization: e-Literate
Authors: Phil Hill
Summary: Summary tables of Fall 2014 IPEDS distance enrollment data shared in public version of Tableau. Multiple views available - summarized at national level, by sector (public, private, for-profit, etc), by state and by sector, and a map view summarizing per state.

Fall 2014 IPEDS Data: Top 30 largest online enrollments per institution

Organization: e-Literate
Authors: Phil Hill
Summary: Summary table of 30 largest distance education institutional enrollments, across multiple sectors, based on Fall 2012 IPEDS data.

Fall 2014 IPEDS Data: Interactive table ranking DE programs by enrollment

Organization: e-Literate
Authors: Phil Hill
Summary: Summary table of 30 largest distance education institutional enrollments, across multiple sectors, based on Fall 2012 IPEDS data. This version in public version of Tableau, allowing interactive sorting and different views along with downloadable data.

WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report

Organization: WCET
Authors: Russ Poulin, Terri Taylor Straut
Summary: Based on data accumulated by the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys from the Fall of 2014, the WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report 2016 highlights differences by sector, graduate vs. undergraduate study, student location, and by the number of institutions educating students at a distance.

2015

IPEDS Fall 2013: Less than Half of Fully Distant Students Come from Other State

Organization: WCET
Authors: Russ Poulin, Terri Taylor Straut
Summary:

This series of blog posts based on IPEDS Fall 2013 Distance Education data examines three different aspects of the IPEDS distance education enrollments: 1) overall distance education enrollments in 2013, 2) comparisons of the 2012 to 2013 data, and 3) the data on serving students in other states and the implications on state authorizations. This blog post is focused on the data regarding serving students in other states and the implications on state authorization.

Busting the Myth: Distance Education Enrollment

Organization: WCET
Authors: Cali Morrison
Summary:

WCET has produced an infographic utilizing the 2013 Fall IPEDS Enrollment numbers. This quick overview shows distance education enrollment patterns might not be what popular opinion thinks they are. We encourage you to share this with your networks!

Graphics created by Cali Morrsion; Data from 2013 IPEDS Blog Posts (Poulin & Straut)