A Comprehensive Look at Online Education in United States


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Online education has been touted as the wave of the future for students and as a way of opening new markets to institutions of higher education. It has grown at rates exceeding 20% over the last five years and its growth shows no signs of abating. From this year’s Sloan Survey of Online Education, the number of students taking at least one course online in the Fall of 2005 is estimated to be more than three million students, an increase of over two million from the number estimated for the 2003 Sloan Survey of Online Education. With the longitudinal data gathered by the Sloan Survey of Online Education from 2003 - 2006, we can examine whether there are differences between schools that have adopted online and those that have not within the schools that have adopted online education and also identify differences among the programs and courses being offered online. This paper describes, analyzes, and profiles the degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States that offer online education and compare the characteristics of these schools with those that do not offer online courses.


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