U.S. Releases Data on Online Education Growth From 2000-2008

October 6, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education on Wednesday released an analysis of online education among U.S. undergraduates between 2000 and 2008, based on data from the National Center for Education Statistics. The study noted that the percentage of undergraduates taking at least one online course increased from 8 percent to 20 percent over that time, while the proportion enrolled in full distance programs rose from 2 percent to 4 percent. The rates among students studying computer science and business were higher in both cases (27 and 24 percent for individual courses; 8 and 6 percent for full programs). Adults with jobs and dependents also enrolled in online courses at a slightly higher-than-average rate, as did students with disabilities.

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