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Selected news coverage of work by the Babson Survey Research Group. Also included are sample infographics using results from Babson Survey Research Group survey reports - click on the thumbnail for the full-sized version.

The New York Times

Report Finds One in Three College Students Has Taken an Online Class
By Rebecca R. Ruiz

Nearly a third of all college students are now taking online courses, so said a new study released on Wednesday by the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board.

The report, entitled “The 2011 Survey of Online Learning,” found that 6.1 million students logged on for at least one class last fall. That figure represented about a 10 percent increase from 2009, and a 280 percent increase from 1.6 million students in 2002, when the organization began tracking online course enrollment.

USA Today

Apps Make College Easier to Access
By Mary Beth Marklein

More than 5.6 million college students nationwide were taking at least one online course during the fall 2009 term, about a million more than the previous year, says a November report by the Babson Survey Research Group.


Future Of Education Is Mobile, Social, and in the Cloud: Lessons from EduCause, Part One.
By James Marshall Crotty


Over 5.6 million people enrolled in at least one online course in 2009, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning. According to and consensus in the education field, students choose online colleges because of their convenience, affordability, 24/7 access, and flexibility. “Though the 21% growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2% growth in the overall higher education student population” (according to the Sloan Survey), perceptual problems persist. The standard rap is that online ed suffers by comparison to its brick-and-mortar peers in academic quality, classroom engagement, and in the respect that an online degree receives from potential employers.

Inside Higher Ed

To Profs, YouTube Tops Twitter
By Steve Kolowich

Think Twitter is a great professional and teaching tool for professors? You're not alone. But according to a new study, you're in a very slim minority.

Twitter, that most draconian of short-form social media, might have Silicon Valley venture capitalists emptying their pockets and Wall Street investors salivating at the prospect of a public offering. But for all the talk in certain academic circles about how useful Twitter can be for generating class discussions, collecting research data, and reaping the wisdom of faraway colleagues, the overwhelming majority of professors see it as a short sell.


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.

US News

Online Education is a Great Option for Tech-Savvy Students
By Catherine Groux

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, about 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online education class during the fall 2009 semester. This marked a 21% increase from the previous year, while higher education as a whole grew by 2% during this time.

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.

Detroit Free Press

Online Schools Clicks with Detroit Family
By Jeff Seidel

Online opportunities for high school students have increased across the nation, but some concerns that online learning is not as effective as face-to-face instruction remain, according to a 2010 survey of 400 high school principals across the nation. The Babson Survey Research Group reported that "the vast majority of their schools are moving forward with their programs and looking to expand them in the future."

Harvard Magazine

Bullish on Private Colleges: On the Enduring Strengths of Institutions of Higher Education
By Richard P. Chait and Zachary First

Meanwhile, traditional colleges and universities have hardly ceded the online market to for-profits. The Sloan Consortium, which produces a definitive annual update on online education, reported that 18 percent of students at private colleges and uni- versities had taken least one course online in 2008.


The Networked World
Ann Bednarz

Education is increasingly conducted online. Nearly 30% of all college and university students now take at least one course online, according to Sloan Consortium.

Bad Economy is Driving Demand for Online Courses
By Arnold Brian Dengler

Seventy-five percent of private sector colleges and univesrsity see an increaed demand for online courses directly related to a slow economy, according to a new study released in May 2011 by Babson Survey Research Group and sponsored by Pearson Learning Solution of Boston, Massachusetts.

The study also shows that chief academic officers are showing increasing faith in the quality of online courses. The survey pointed out that 57 percent of chief academic officers believes that online courses were as good as face-to-face classes.