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National Data on the Number of Distance Education Students

Posted: 3/27/2014 - 09:10 PM

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
National Center for Education Statistics

For the first time, in fall 2012 IPEDS reported on the number of students who take distance education courses at postsecondary institutions in the United States. IPEDS data offers the most comprehensive data in higher education because every college and university in the United States must complete its annual survey in order to offer their students federally-funded financial aid.

IPEDS reported that in fall 2012, 1,898,980 community college students (26.5 percent) enrolled in at least one distance education course. Concurrently, 2,678,995 total undergrads at four-year institutions (25.3 percent), and 5,444,701 undergraduate and graduate students, enrolled in at least one distance education courses at all post-secondary education institutions (26.4 percent).

Table 311.15. Number and percentage distribution of students enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions, by distance education participation, level of enrollment, and control and level of institution: Fall 2012

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