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.

2015

IPEDS Fall 2013: Higher Ed Sectors Vary Greatly in Distance Ed Enrollments

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 overall distance education enrollments.

IPEDS Fall 2013: Distance Education Data Reveals More Than Overall Flat Growth

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 comparisons of 2012 to 2013 data.

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)

2014

Colleges Crossing Borders-Counts and State Authorization: IPEDS Reality Check

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

This is the third in a series of posts providing insight on data regarding enrollments in distance education that was released by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year. This blog focuses on institutions reporting students outside their state or outside the U.S. and related state authorization policy implications.

Clearing Misconceptions in Distance Ed Enrollments by Sector: IPEDS Reality Check

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

This is the fourth in a series of posts providing insight on data regarding enrollments in distance education that was released by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year.  This blog focuses on sector analysis which revealed considerable differences among, public, private non-profit and private for-profit institutions.

Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States

Organization: Babson Survey Research Group
Authors: I. Elaine Allen, Jeff Seaman
Summary: The 2014 Survey of Online Learning, Grade Level: Tracking Online Education in the United States, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners, reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent from the previous year.

Fall 2012 US Distance Education Enrollment: Now viewable by each state

Organization: e-Literate
Authors: Phil Hill
Summary: Summary tables of Fall 2012 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.

U.S. Distance Education Adoption by the Numbers: an IPEDS Reality Check

Organization: WCET
Authors: Terri Taylor Straut
Summary:

This is the first of a series of posts providing insight on data regarding enrollments in distance education that was released by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year. This blog was a first look at the IPEDS Distance Education data, with a focus on distance education adoption across the 50 U.S. states.

Where in the World Are Our Distance Education Students?: IPEDS Reality Check

Organization: WCET
Authors: Terri Taylor Straut
Summary:

This is the second in a series of posts providing insight on data regarding enrollments in distance education that was released by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year.  This blog focuses on the location of distance education students as reported by institutions through IPEDS.