ERIC Number: ED441381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Distance Learning Enrollments in Independent Institutions. Feasibility Study.
Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
This study investigated the feasibility of collecting enrollment data on distance learning programs sponsored by private institutions within and outside of Washington State. E-commerce developments have allowed in-state independent providers and out-of-state public institutions to serve residents of Washington State, and many nontraditional entities are collaborating to take advantage of this market opportunity. Data collection in this new environment requires new methods and standards, especially where learners receive education from several providers simultaneously. The report discusses issues affecting the feasibility of collecting distance learning data, such as varied definitions of distance education, the diverse nature of instructional providers, rapid growth of distance learning, types of enrollment data needed, data consistency, authority to collect, sources of data, the role of accrediting agencies, varying reporting cycles, and the unsettled nature of distance learning. Researchers conducted two surveys to help establish a general outline of the role distance education providers play in meeting Washington's higher education need. They found no single source that could capture specific information on enrollment of Washington residents in distance education programs. Despite the impediments to collecting accurate enrollment data, researchers are prepared to monitor and track developments in the field. A copy of the enabling resolution is appended. (SM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Data Collection, Distance Education, Enrollment Trends, Feasibility Studies, Higher Education, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Private Colleges, Surveys, Telecommunications
State of Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, 917 Lakeridge Way, P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430. Tel: 360-753-7800; Fax: 360-753-7808.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Identifiers - Location: Washington