Fall 2021 IPEDS Data: Profile of US Higher Ed Online Education

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  1. William Edwards
    William Edwards says:

    I couldn’t help but notice that the for-profit sector has the largest percentage of Exclusive DE and Some DE learners and a small percentage of No DE.

  2. Steven Rutt
    Steven Rutt says:

    I’m intrigued by the difference in ALO mix for private vs public 4 year institutions. The gap is almost 20 points…is this just publics being more willing to lean into online?

    • Phil Hill
      Phil Hill says:

      It is interesting, and note that exclusive DE mixes are similar. This means that it is more common for publics to have students taking f2f and DE courses at the same time. Also note that WGU and SNHU and Liberty account for some 300k – 400k of the exclusive DE private #s (haven’t QA’d the institutional-level data yet). So if you exclude those three schools, I think your answer is correct. School size might be another factor (larger schools having more individual online course options).

  3. Pete Watkins
    Pete Watkins says:

    I think that in the post-pandemic world it is not enough to compare in-person to online enrollment. There are now three modalities-in-person, online synchronous (Zoom), and online asynchronous. Online synchronous is very different from online asynchronous and in some ways more similar to in-person. Can we start breaking out the data this way?

    • Phil Hill
      Phil Hill says:

      I would love some more options on modality, but we have to deal with the data we have. And for IPEDS that is DE vs. F2F at the course level and program level; and for NSC it is Primarily Online Institutions vs. Everyone Else. Right now the deeper data exist at the institutional level, and occasionally statewide system level.

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