Who Enrolls in Distance Education Courses?

Forty-four institutions in IPEDS self-identified as exclusively distance education and seven other institutions reflected 100% enrollments in exclusively distance education courses. These 51 institutions were analyzed to gain some insight into who is enrolling. This report reflects on the demographics of those students.

Football Conference DE Enrollments

While being a football conference is just one description of colleges and universities this report does reflect that the power five conferences are participating in fully online distance education programs as much as the non-powerhouse conferences..

IPEDS – Fall 2015 Enrollment Highlights 

This is a quick graphic reflecting the highlights in student enrollments and student demographics from the fall 2015 IPEDS data files.


IPEDS – Fall 2014 Distance Education Analysis

The fall 2014 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data clearly reflects that student enrollments in distance education are growing while overall enrollments at degree granting institutions are declining.  This report reflects on both the decline in overall enrollments as well as the increases in distance education.

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IPEDS – Fall 2015 Enrollment Report 

The rate of distance education enrollment growth remained positive but slowed from 2014 as the number of students enrolled in some distance education courses grew by 3.3% in 2015, down from 3.9% in 2014. Our full report is available for download.


IPEDS – Fall 2016 Enrollment Report 

For the fifth straight year, The Center for Distance Education Research is releasing its annual analysis of the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall enrollment survey. Our report is a valuable resource for researchers, institutional administrators, academic affairs officers and the public in general. This report compares all data to fall 2012, the first release of distance education data from IPEDS.

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Who Enrolls in Distance Education Courses?

Fifty-three institutions in fall 2015 had 100 percent of their enrollments offered exclusively in distance education courses. By contrast, in fall 2014, 51 institutions reported 100 percent of enrollments in exclusively distance education courses. Even with overall declining enrollments in the for-profit sector, 2-year and 4-year for-profit institutions increased in the number of institutions delivering 100 percent distance education.

IPEDS – Fall 2017 Enrollment Report 

For the sixth straight year, The Center for Distance Education Research is releasing its annual analysis of the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall enrollment survey. Our report is a valuable resource for researchers, institutional administrators, academic affairs officers and the public in general. This report compares all data to fall 2013 and comprehensively to fall 2012, the first release of distance education data from IPEDS.

Fall 2015 Distance Education Enrollment Highlights 

This is a quick graphic reflecting the highlights in student enrollments and student demographics from the fall 2015 IPEDS data files.


IPEDS – Fall 2015 Demographics Report 

While all of the fall 2015 enrollment reports utilized the same IPEDS data, we all drew conclusions as to the state of higher education: student enrollments at degree granting institutions continued to decline from fall 2012, down three percent or 662,461 students. Missing from all of these examinations are the demographics of the students. This report aims to fill that gap.


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