From the Chronicle of Higher Education Wired Campus Blog
The Sloan Consortium released a new report (27 pages) today highlighting continued growth in online education. There are no signs that enrollment in online programs will plateau, according to the report, titled Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006. Students, especially older ones, are still attracted to the convenience of completing their degrees over the Internet.
The report, based on a survey of 2,200 colleges, found that nearly 3.2 million students took at least one online course in the fall of 2005, up from 2.3 million the previous year. Even the rate of increase is going up, the report says. And a good majority of chief academic officers believe the quality of online education is equal or superior to the quality of traditional instruction.