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Distance Education Enrollment Growth—Major Differences Persist Among Sectors

With the 2016 IPEDS distance education data now available, we have four years of sector data and many of the trends we first identified in 2013 have continued.  Looking more closely at the sector trends illuminates some changes that might be missed by looking solely at consolidated distance education data. Public institutions of higher education continue to educate nearly three-fourths (73.0% in 2016) of all enrolled students, regardless of mode of delivery.

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Count All Students! New Outcome Measures Now Include Non-Traditional Students

There is new improvement to the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduation Rate statistic. And we should all be using it. Institutions with large non-traditional student enrollments (e.g.: community colleges, online colleges, inner city universities, military-serving institutions) have not been well-represented by the Department’s Graduation Rate statistic.

 “There is significant (17%) Retrenchment in For-Profit College Enrollment”

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

For the first time, we have two sets of IPEDS Distance Education (DE) data. The industry is anxious to have benchmark data that will help us determine trends in the marketplace.

It is important to understand the enrollment trends by sector. While all sectors report declining enrollment, between 2012 and 2013, the retrenchment in the For-Profit sector, with a decline of 17%, is significantly greater than the other two sectors.

 

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