“Community colleges reported a 9 percent increase in their distance education enrollments from fall 2009 to fall 2010, according to a national survey of two-year institutions released Tuesday by the Instructional Technology Council, an affiliated council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
This increase is higher than the 7 percent increase in overall student enrollment in all of higher education and the 8 percent increase at community colleges during the same time period.
Survey respondents identified several factors that contributed to this growth. Thirty-nine percent noted that this was ‘typical growth for distance education classes.’ Thirty-seven percent attributed the growth to the ‘downturn in the economy.’ Twelve percent cited a ‘new enrollment initiative’.”
Read the full article at Inside Higher Ed.