Fun Facts About Distance Education

Photo courtesy fo Atomic Citrocity1. The United States spends more money than any other industrialized country on higher education

2. In 2006, Michigan became the first US state to require high school student to participate in some form of online learning in order to graduate

3. According to Newsweek magazine, the ten most “wired” colleges in the US, in order, are:
1) Villanova (where first-year students get laptops, and replacements after their second year)
2) MIT
3) Indiana University
4) Swarthmore College
5) Creighton University
6) The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7) Michigan Technological University
8) University of Southern California
9) Quinnipiac University
10) The University of Oklahoma

4. According to an estimate by Boeing, of its 2, 293 employees who completed their college degree while on the job in 2005, 40% participated in distance education programs

5. C.I.A. recruiters say 5-10% of their new employees took some of their college coursework online

6. In 1970, the first college without a physical campus, Coastline Community College, started offering televised courses.

7. With almost 300,000 students total and 200,000 students online, the University of Phoenix is the largest private university in the United States.

8. There are approximately 2,500 for-profit institutions who are accredited and eligible to offer federal student aid.

9. According to Eduventures, in 2005 there were over 1.2 million non-traditional students enrolled in 100% online degree programs.

10. In 1995, 4% of corporations used online learning in the workplace; that number has since increased to 77%.

11. Thomas Edison, in 1913, predicted books to soon be obsolete because of motion pictures.

12. The college in the United States with the largest numbers of Pell Grant recipients earning a degree online is for-profit: the University of Phoenix – 230,000 students & $560 million in Pell Grants per year

13. The first school to offer distance education classes was the University of Chicago in 1892.

14. 65% of colleges and universities now state online learning to be a critical factor in their long-term strategy.

15. In 2005, Boston University launched the first online doctoral program in music education; the program now admits 350 students every year.

16. 45 states and Washington, DC, have state-wide online schools

17. Advanced Placement courses are available through virtual schools in many states.

18. The Sloan Consortium, in 2006, reported 3.2 million postsecondary students in the United States took at least one online course.

19. K-12 virtual schools are showing growth rates of 47% or higher.

20. The smallest online college is DeVry University in Michigan with 6 students.

21. The oldest online college is Vanderbilt University, which was established in 1895.

22. Tidewater Community College, in Norfolk, Virginia, currently has nearly 26,000 student enrolled in its programs and offers the lowest in-state tuition for an online program: $2,555.

23. The most expensive online school is Full Sail University. Based out of Winter Park, Florida, the school’s out-of-state tuition is a whopping $45,995 per year. The school currently has 6,150 students.

Ashley Benson is a distance education professional with five years of experience in the for-profit sector. She has worked coast-to-coast within the United States as an academic advisor, an adjunct teaching assistant and, most recently, a campus Registrar. Through formal education and industry experience, Ashley practices staying informed on the current events and changes within higher education and the students involved.

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