The Sloan Consortium of online education institutions released its fourth annual report on the state of online learning in the United States. The report series asks key questions in regard to the extent of adoption and acceptance of online education.
Among the findings:
- Online enrollment continues to grow, climbing to 3.2 million learners in 2006 (about a 40% increase)
- Most online learners are undergraduates, and are more likely to be students at Associates institutions (two-year colleges)
- Doctoral/Research institutions lead in online offerings
- 62% of academic leaders believe online learning is on par with or better than face-to-face learning
- Online student discipline, faculty acceptance, and faculty time commitments are seen as barriers to the widespread adoption of online education