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U.S. News & World Report

Study: More Students Are Enrolling in Online Courses
By Jordan Friedman

Enrollment in online courses rose at a faster pace between fall 2015 and 2016 compared with the previous three years, yet students are increasingly choosing local online degree programs, according to the "Grade Increase" report released today by the Babson Survey Research Group.

"No matter how much we think that there might be something slowing it down, it hasn't happened," says Jeff Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group and a co-author of the study. Even in bad economic times, for example, he says enrollment has only gone up.

eSchool News

Report: Which districts show a higher OER adoption-and why?
By Laura Ascione

Only one-third of school districts said they are aware of both the term “open educational resources” (OER) and its licensing, according to a report from the Babson Survey Research Group. What We Teach: K-12 School District Curriculum Adoption Process examines the degree to which K-12 districts are aware of and have adopted OER, as well as the process districts use to select and adopt full-course curricula materials.

Sci-Tech Today

Online College: Is It Right for You? 5 Key Considerations
By Anna Helhoski


Millions of college students enroll in online courses every year. Nearly a third of all college students take at least one online course, and one in seven students take online courses exclusively, according to the most recent data available from Babson Survey Research Group, which conducts national surveys annually on online learning in the U.S

Huff Post

How Teachers Can Benefit from Online Learning
By Robyn D. Shulman

According to Babson Survey Research Group, the number of students registered in online courses grew to 5.8 million nationally. Online class growth has been consistent for the past 13 years, and more than a quarter of higher education students (or 28%) are enrolled in at least one online course.

Inside Higher Ed

Counting the Online Population
By Carl Straumsheim

Following a year of upheaval concerning the size of the distance education market and who quantifies it, the Babson Survey Research Group's annual barometer of the students taking online courses contains few surprises.

There are still significant barriers for institutions interested in offering distance education courses, however. Most concerning to academic officers is the effort -- from training faculty members to investing in the right technology -- needed to launch the programs; 78 percent of respondents described it as an important barrier.


The Chronicle of Higher Education

Online-Course Enrollments Grow, but at a Slower Pace. Is a Plateau Approaching?
By Marc Parry

Enrollment in online courses grew by more than 10 percent between fall 2009 and fall 2010, continuing a steady climb that dates back years, according to the Babson Survey Research Group’s annual survey of more than 2,500 higher-education institutions.

More than 6.1 million students took at least one online class during the fall 2010 semester, says the report, “Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States 2011,” formerly called the Sloan Survey of Online Learning. That’s an increase of 560,000 students over the previous year. An online course is now part of the college experience for 31 percent of all students.

Substantial as the recent growth has been—it far outpaced the 2-percent growth rate in higher education over all—this year’s enrollment rise paled beside the 21-percent surge reported in last year’s Sloan report.

Voice of America

Online Degree Programs May Change the Future of Higher Education
By Pete Musto

For hundreds of years, young people have come to these schools to learn new things and find direction in life. But now, with the help of technology, the way knowledge passes from teachers to their students is changing. In February 2016, the Babson Survey Research Group reported that 28 percent of all U.S. college students took at least one class over the internet. The research group, part of Babson College in Massachusetts, studies all levels of education across the country.

Ed Week

District Officials Think They Know Open Ed. Resources, But Grasp Is Surface-Level, Survey Finds
By Sean Cavanagh

About half the nation’s school district administrators have at least a general awareness of open educational resources, but their understanding drops when they’re asked specific questions that get beyond a surface-level understanding of those materials.

Chicago Tribune

Will High Costs Lead to the Extinction of On-campus Learning?
By Michele Weldon


Online enrollment at virtual, online-only and traditional universities and colleges offering online classes increased 21 percent in 2009, according to the Sloan Consortium's 2010 survey of online learning. The report says more than 5.6 million students took at least one class online, and 75 percent of the 2,500 colleges and universities surveyed report that the economic downturn has increased demand for online learning.

THE Journal

Report: Most Educators Aware of OER, Don't Understand OER Licensing
By Joshua Bolkan

Most school districts, 77 percent, have made at least one full-course curriculum adoption decision in the last three years, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group. Teachers are most likely to have a role in those decisions, according to the results, with 93 percent of respondents saying they are decision makers and another 6 percent saying they have a role in offering advice.

The survey of more than 500 district decision makers was designed to shed light on how districts make full-course curriculum adoption decisions and to what degree respondents are aware of open educational resources (OER) and have adopted them.


How Online Can Save Small, Private Colleges from Going Under
By Robert Ubell

That’s one reason why so few small colleges have jumped into providing online programs. “About fifty percent of U.S. colleges and universities have no more than a smattering of online enrollments, with little, if any, offered by most small private schools,” said Jeffrey Seaman, co-director of the Babson Survey Research Group, which tracks online enrollment.

The Washington Post

FCC’s proposed Internet rules could raise college costs and hinder free exchange of ideas
By Jonathan Fansmith and Terry W. Hartle

Colleges and universities have massive online presences, both as end users and as content providers. The number of students who access campuses (both classes and services) online is growing exponentially. A 2017 study by the Babson Survey Research Group found that the number of students studying online grew by 11 percent from 2012 to 2015 alone.

Campus Technology

Report: Faculty Support Lacking for Wide Adoption of Digital Learning
Dian Schaffhauser

Most colleges and universities are thinking and acting strategically regarding their digital learning initiatives. Most cover digital learning in their school's strategic plan, and a large number have made it a core aspect of their plans. Yet, execution is uneven and digital learning hasn't come close to meeting administrator or faculty expectations. That summary comes out of a new report produced by Tyton Partners in collaboration with the Babson Survey Research Group.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Why You Should Ask Students to Help Design Courses

Online enrollments grew last year, continuing a long and steady rise in the popularity of distance education. That and other data can be found in “Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States,” by the Babson Survey Research Group. Researchers crunched the latest Education Department data to show that nearly 32 percent of college students in 2016 took at least one distance-education course, up from 25 percent in 2012.