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February 19, 2011

Online Learning By Numbers Vs Price of Higher Education

In  the last decade, online-only course enrollments in higher education climbed from .78 million to a possible 3.97 million in 2014 (projections from Eduventures).

The largest, single online-only bachelors degree program major, in terms of number of students enrolled, is Criminal Justice. The firm Eduventures estimates that 27% of the online bachelors degree market may belong to that major area. The military, homeland security, and rising concerns and employment for corporate and private security professional may be driving demand and enrollments in that sector.

*The top online school in terms of number of students enrolled remains the University of Phoenix Online with a student body of 400,000. The second largest enrollment agent, Kaplan University Online, is a puny contender at only 90,000 distance distances.

*The percentage of college students taking at least one online course has risen from 12% in 2003 to 25% IN 2008 (Babson Research Group).

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*The only non-profit institution among the top 10 largest online schools is the University of Maryland University College. UMUC has operated distance degree programs since the 1970s and was an early and aggressive provider of military distance education. UMUC enrolls about 38,000 online only students.  ( source : Chronicle )