ERIC Number: ED437074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning: The New Wave of Students. Revised.
Seppanen, Loretta; Stern, Paul
The rapid growth in the number of students taking classes via correspondence, video or television delivery in Washington state technical and community colleges during the last decade was largely due to the expansion of telecourse offerings and the recent growth of online (Internet-based) and interactive videoconferencing courses. In fall 1994, 1,926 Washington two-year college students (FTE) were enrolled in distance education courses; in 1998, the FTE enrollment rose to 3,011. About 80% of distance learning students also take classes that require attendance at the originating site. But the 20% of distance-learning-only students represent a fast growing "new wave" of college students. These students, taking classes at a distance because of full-time work, family obligations, or other life circumstances that preclude regular attendance in scheduled classes, will likely increase at a faster rate than other distance learning students. Highlighted statistics in this report include: (1) females make up 65% of distance education students; (2) the typical online student is between 26 and 27 years of age, compared with 23 for other distance learning courses; and (3) it is forecasted that, by fall 2003, Washington two-year colleges will enroll 7,700 distance learning students (FTE). Appended in the report is a table of Distance Learning FTEs and Students by College. (VWC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Community Colleges, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Enrollment, Nontraditional Education, Student Characteristics, Student Needs, Telecourses, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, Olympia. Education Div.