May 24, 2022

New Report and Data: “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education State Enrollment Report 2017.”

From the Babson Survey Research Group:

The Distance Education State Almanac 2017, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Digital Learning Compass organization, reveals very different patterns of distance enrollments among the fifty states. Distance education enrollments, as a proportion of all higher education students, range from a low of 13 percent in Rhode Island to a high of over fifty percent in Arizona, New Hampshire, and West Virginia. Nevada has the highest proportion of their distance students (93 percent) coming from within the state. These and other findings were published today in the report, “Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education State Enrollment Report 2017.”

The report is being released both as a comprehensive single report with information for all fifty states, as well as fifty individual state reports.

This is one in a series of publications from Digital Learning Compass, a research partnership of the Babson Survey Research Group, e-Literate, and WCET. Digital Learning Compass partnered with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, and Tyton Partners to produce this report, providing the first-ever detailed examination of the state-level differences in distance education.

Direct to Download: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017 & Distance Education State Almanac 2017 (Registration Required)

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