Going The Distance

Through good times and bad, during recessions and boom times, one thing has been constant in the world of community college distance education over the past decade: enrollment in online courses has grown faster than overall enrollment at colleges and universities.

Most online programs today are no longer seeing the double-digit growth they experienced only five years ago. According to the Instructional Technology Council’s annual survey of community college distance education administrators, distance education enrollment increased by 4.7 percent in 2013-14.

So even as overall community college enrollment declines, the popularity of online learning continues to grow. In 2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, almost 675,000 students were enrolled exclusively in online courses at two-year public colleges while another 1.2 million enrolled in some distance education courses.

via Going The Distance.