May 31, 2016

13th annual report of the state of online learning in U.S. Higher education

The 2015 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, StudyPortals, WCET and Tyton Partners, is the leading barometer of online learning in the United States.   Key report findings include: A year‐to‐year 3.9% increase in the number of distance education students, up from the  3.7% rate recorded last year. More than one in four students (28%) now take at least one distance education course (a  total of 5,828,826 students, a year‐to‐year increase of 217,275). The total of 5.8 million fall 2014 distance education students is composed of 2.85 million  taking all of their courses at a distance and 2.97 million taking some, but not all, distance  courses. Public institutions command the largest portion of distance education students, with 72.7%  of all undergraduate and 38.7% of all graduate‐level distance students. The proportion of chief academic leaders that say online learning is critical to their long‐ term strategy fell from 70.8% last year to 63.3% this year. The percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the  same or superior to those in face‐to‐face instruction is now at 71.4%. Only 29.1% of academic leaders report that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy  of online education.” Among schools with the largest distance enrollments, 60.1% report  faculty acceptance while only 11.6% of the schools with no distance enrollments do so. Link […]

Compliance Alert: Expand, Gigats, Softrock & ALL vendors using their data!

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Are Community Colleges good stepping stones? Not for most!

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ECPI University Acquires College of Nursing in Orlando – Offers a 1 year Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing

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Federal Court Upholds Gainful-Employment Rule, a loss for the For-Profit Group

The Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities has lost another challenge to the U.S. Department of Education’s gainful-employment rule. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday that the department’s rule, which seeks to judge career-oriented programs based on graduates’ ability to repay their […]

UoP going Private

University of Phoenix selling College to Appolo Global Apollo Education Group (APOL) will sell itself to a group of investors, which will take the company private. A former deputy secretary of the Department of Education, Tony Miller, will take the helm at a tough time. Its shares plunged 75% in 2015. “For too long and […]

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