Babson Study: Distance Education Enrollment Growth Continues, But at Slowest Rate Ever

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The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium, Pearson and Tyton Partners, was released February 5, 2015. Based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the College Board, and responses from over 2,800 Chief Academic Officers, the report has become the leading barometer of online learning in the United States. Some of the key findings include:

  • The proportion of chief academic leaders reporting online learning is critical to their long-term strategy reached a new high of 70.8%.
  • The year-to-year 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students is the lowest recorded over the 12 years of this report series.
  • The percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face remained unchanged at 74.1%.

 In our latest recorded podcast, Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group and co-author of the report shares some of the key findings and additional information included for the first time this year.

Listen to the full interview:


View the complete twelfth annual survey report, “Grade Level”, infographic and interactive landing site.