More than 1.5 million students studying for degrees online in institutions in his home state last year, according to new data distance education released today.

The National Council of State Authorization Agreements reciprocity (NC-SARA) has been collecting data on the number of students from outside the state to study online for the last four years.

This year, for the first time, the report includes students in the state who study online, as well as outside the student been studying online - painting a much more complete picture of the landscape of online learning < / p>

data collected from 1,960 member institutions NC-SARA (all states except California) show that 2.8 million students studying in degree entirely online. programs in 2019. them, 1.5 million were students of the state and 1.3 million were students from outside the state. Outside of the state of online enrollment grew by 5 percent compared with data from 2018.

Before there was NC-SARA, individual states use to collect data online registration, but it was difficult to obtain a national image, said Cheryl Dowd, director of the Network Authorization of State in the WICHE Cooperative Educational Technologies. "I am aware that NC-SARA is providing uniformity in the presentation," he said.

While the federal system Integrated Postsecondary Education Data (IPEDS) requires institutions to report their enrollment in distance education, which does not decompose the registration by state. "It is very useful for states and institutions to see who goes out of the state and where they go," Dowd said. The database NC-SARA enables monitoring provides students in specific institutions come.

When it comes to choosing a school, even online, proximity is clearly important to students. A 2019 survey of Learning House Education and Wiley Aslanian research suggested that online students are increasingly opting to study closer to home. The NC-SARA report shows public institutions accounted for 53.2 percent of the total enrollment reported online in 2019. The vast majority of these students, 80 percent are students of the state.

In private non-profit institutions, however, the picture is different. In these institutions, 68 percent of a total of 836.644 students were enrolled in line outside the state. In private for-profit institutions, 92 percent of the 475.505 students were out of the state. Since 2017, enrollment online at for-profit institutions have decreased by more than 100,000, despite a positive increase in 2018, the data suggest NC-SARA.

As public institutions tend to start with a regional, rather than national, focus online, it makes sense that most of their online registrations are in the state, Dowd said. Public universities tend to have strong local brand recognition and are typically slower than soldiers to market their online learning nationally, he said.

With more than 47,000 students, the University of Maryland Global Campus had the largest fully online enrollment between public institutions, followed by the University of the State of Arizona and the University of Purdue global. Western Governors University reported the largest online registration of non-profit institutions. University of Phoenix reported the highest enrollment among private for-profit institutions, with 95.938 students.

In previous NC-SARA reports that did not have online registration in the state, there are no public institutions made the top 10 list of institutions by the size of the reported enrollment. This year, UM Global Campus at No. 6. 2019 Top 10 institutions by the size Reported online registration Name State Institution Sector Total registered online registration

Western Governors University Utah without private profit

120,876 University of Phoenix Arizona. Private for-profit University of Southern 95938 New Hampshire NH private nonprofit 95832 Grand Canyon University of Arizona. Private nonprofit 69952 Liberty University Virginia. Private nonprofit 62,561 Global Campus University of Maryland Md. Strayer University DC 47537 Public Private for-profit American Public University System 43765 Minn.

private for profit 43573 Ashworth College Ga. private for profit 41,329 Capella University of Minnesota. Private for-profit 36915

"The data confirms what we already knew anecdotally to be true - a lot of public institutions are serving their citizens of states with online learning," said Lori Williams, CEO and President NC-SARA. "We know that students on campus tend to go to schools within 50 miles of your home, and thought something similar happening online. Now we have the data to support this claim. "

NC-SARA members according to national standards Shared that make it easier for them to offer online programming in other states. There are 49 states participating in the agreement, with the exception of California. The District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands of the United States also participate in the agreement.

The supply data to NC-SARA is a condition of being a member institution, said Marianne Boeke, director of policy research and state support to the NC-SARA. This year, the report had a response rate of 99.5 percent, with the exceptional circumstances prevent a small number of institutions to participate. "We have never had a repeat offender," she said.

Boeke said she and her colleagues are aware that they do not want to burden members with excessive data reporting requirements. But they want to make the data they collect as useful as possible to their state and institutional members said.

Tracking Learning Placements

This year, NC-SARA introduced a new addition to its report: explore the number of students in programs online or on campus to participate in the learning placement outside the state. These include, for example, internships or clinical practice for students in medical fields. It is a topical issue, given the looming federal requirement for institutions that make revelations to all students on the professional requirements of the state license, Williams said.

While the NC-SARA institutions have been forced to make disclosures professional certification students for some time, institutions are struggling to determine how many students are participating in experiential learning, Boeke said. "At the departmental level, managers absolutely know where their students are are and keep track closely. But try to filter until the institutional level has been difficult, "he said. "It's going to take a while to get systems in place so that each institution can report these data efficiently and accurately."

A total of 239,955 were reported out of state learning placements in 2019, but Boeke suspect that this number is likely "on the conservative side." Most of these loans, 60.5 percent were in health-related programs, followed by education (9.5 percent) and business (5 percent).

Some states and programmatic accreditors make collect information about where students find placements, especially in highly regulated fields such as nursing, said Jennifer Mathes, interim CEO of the Consortium of online learning. But it is "not easy to get the information together to get a national image," said

Both Mathes and Dowd said they would like to see these data are collected in a more detailed in the future. - - perhaps break the health-related placements for their titles associated programs. But both said they understood that NC-SARA is being careful not to overload its member institutions.

"They're asking the right questions for your organization. I think they have the right balance, "Mathes said.

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