Sloan-C Survey 2009 – 25% of College Students Are Taking Online Classes

Totally Online, by Jim Shimabukuro

Last month, The Sloan Consortium published I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman’s Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009, its seventh annual report on the state of online learning in U.S. higher education. Click here for the full report, which is available as a PDF file. Online courses are defined as “those in which at least 80 percent of the course content is delivered online.”

Perhaps the most significant news is that online programs have grown exponentially. Here are some stats from the opening page:

  • Over 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2008 term; a 17 percent increase over the number reported the previous year.
  • The 17 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 1.2 percent growth of the overall higher education student population.
  • More than one in four higher education students now take at least one course online.

In the following video from YouTube, Allen summarizes the major findings. She confirms that the state of the economy is a major cause for the growth.

I. Elaine Allen and Jeff Seaman

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