If we want to understand how we might incorporate community engagement into online learning, then it is probably wise to try to gain a better understanding of who online students are. We know that about half of online students have children, and most likely have parents who did not graduate from college. They aren’t all 18-24 and fresh out of high school (nor are offline students). In higher education overall, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment of students 25 and over rose 42 percent during the period from 2010 to 2020.
The website onlinedegrees.org has published an infographic that gives not only a glimpse into student profiles, but also how online students and programs at for-profit and non-profit colleges compare. Click image to view larger image at onlinedegrees.org.