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Distance Education - Key Stats You Should Not Ignore

Working 9 to 5 does not necessarily mean it’s the end of the road as far as learning is concerned. Did you know that online learning not only improves a student's learning curve by 60%, but also their retention rate by 25-60%? Interested? Here are a couple of statistics that may surprise you.


The Ivy League embraces Online Education

69.1% of higher education institutes now say that online learning is a critical part of their long-term strategy. (Babson Survey Research)
Distance learning education has come a long way since its humble beginnings in the 1800’s. Today a billion dollar industry, Ivy League schools have also realized the importance of helping students achieve more. Institutes have made online learning an integral part of their program structure and are helping particularly adult students continue their education.

Leaving the Traditionalists behind

The 10% growth rate for online enrollments exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population. (Babson Survey Research)
The growth rate here says a lot about how students react to online education. One of the main reasons behind this disparity is the benefits distance learning education comes with. Distance learning education has not only helped college going students, it is also a great way for adults and professionals to continue their education and skill development.


Online learning is Catching Up!

Distance learning has a 72% completion rate as compared to 76% for traditional education (Instructional Technology Council)
Although traditional schools win this round, an important point to consider here is how close distance learning comes. Considering traditional campus based education is an established norm, students enrolled in online schools are more committed and determined to complete their education. The key here is to ‘follow through’. Online students are almost as likely to complete their education as their traditional counterparts.

Learning with a 9 to 5 job

60% of students enrolled in online courses are full time employees (College Atlas)
This statistic basically confirms the importance of distance learning education. These professionals wouldn’t have been able to complete their qualifications, trainings and certifications without leaving their 9 to 5 jobs. This makes it possible for professionals and employers to achieve higher targets through education and training.


Regulation Equals Credibility

83% of executives say that online degrees are as credible as traditional (Zogby International & Excelsior College)
This statistic may surprise some; part of the credit goes to the regulatory bodies that make sure online schools follow all the required standards. Accrediting bodies such as Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), Council of Occupational Education (COE) and Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) have played an important role in confirming and establishing the status of distance learning education in the US.

Online Education offers Flexibility

Online courses focusing on subjects that are primarily theory-based are relatively more popular as opposed to those involving practical trainings. However, hybrid online courses are also offered that cover both aspects. This includes classroom learning and practical training. Apart from that, online learning is gradually being incorporated into courses offered on campus as well.

According to the Babson Research Group’s report, majority of universities are beginning to offer courses in which the content delivered online ranges from 1 to 29%.

With hybrid the course content delivered online ranges from 30 to 79%.

And lastly there are the online courses in which the proportion of content delivered online is greater than 80%.

Online Education gains Traction

In a 2012 Survey on Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group revealed that the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6.7 million.

This may seem like a small number, but as far as the growth rate is concerned, there is nothing small about that. The growth rate of students enrolled in at least one online class was at 32.1% in 2011 according Babson.

Statistics have the power to decipher complex problems and could help make difficult decisions easier. Once a decision has been reached, the next step is to follow through and finish what you have started.

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