Friday, March 14, 2014

Statistics about U.S. Online Courses and Programs

Last updated: Friday 3/14/14 @ 2:36 pm
This note provides links to three sources of information about the number of accredited U.S. colleges and universities with online offerings and the number of online courses and online programs they offer

A. All U.S. Colleges and Universities
  • IPEDS U.S. Department of Education online database ... starting in 2012/13
    IPEDS data about online courses and programs -- found under "Institutional Characteristics -- Special Learning" -- is based on reports that it receives from all accredited U.S. colleges  ... Obtaining useful data from IPEDS is a tedious process that requires practice, but one that is ultimately very rewarding ... :-)

    Note that Approved Colleges, LLC recently released a report that reviewed the online catalogs of accredited U.S. colleges and universities. Its findings suggest that the IPEDS data that started in 2012/13 may overestimate the number of institutions offering online programs and the number of online programs offered
     
  • Babson Group ... 2013, 2012
    The Babson Group's annual surveys of representative samples of U.S. institutions generate statistical estimates of the number of online courses offered by accredited U.S. colleges and universities ... plus statistical estimates of the opinions and attitudes of faculty and senior administrators about online education

    Jeff Seaman, one of the co-authors of the Babson reports, has commented on discrepancies between the Babson and the IPEDS data wherein Babson has reported higher numbers of online programs and institutions than IPEDS

B. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Digital Learning Lab, LLC ... 2013, 2012
    The DLL's directories provide a complete census of all of the online degree programs that are described on the Websites of HBCUs