Saturday, November 12, 2011

Online Education Grows Dramatically

According to the ninth annual survey of online education, the number of students taking at least one online course now surpasses 6 million—that is nearly one-third of all students in higher education. The survey, the work of the Babson survey Research Group and the College Board reports these key findings:

    • Over 6.1 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2010 term, an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year.
    • The 10% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population.
    • Thirty-one percent of higher education students now take at least one course online.
    • Reported year-to-year enrollment changes for fully online programs by discipline show most are growing.
    • Academic leaders believe that the level of student satisfaction is equivalent for online and face-to-face courses.
    • 65% of higher education institutions now say that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy.
    • There continues to be a consistent minority of academic leaders concerned that the quality of online instruction is not equal to courses delivered face-to-face.

 For better or worse, law schools have not been in the forefront of this trend. And, for better or worse, it seems inevitable that they will not buck the trend forever. Here is the full story.


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