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ERIC Number: EJ829031
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-16
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Recession May Drive More Adult Students to Take Online Classes
Kolowich, Steve
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n19 pA11 Jan 2009
Economic storms historically have prompted more adults to seek shelter in the classroom. But this time around, two-year colleges and private for-profit institutions are especially optimistic about attracting more students--and many of those older students will probably take courses online, according to one of the authors of a recent survey. The 2008 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, released in November before the extent of the recession was clear, found that while all types of colleges anticipate enrollment bumps because of high unemployment, two-year and private for-profit institutions expect to increase their rolls more than others since they "tend to offer programs that have traditionally been tailored to serve working adults." And as the economic forecast has grown increasingly pessimistic, these expectations are more likely to play out. If the recession does move more adults into cyberclassrooms, it will accelerate a trend that has been happening since the Sloan Consortium began publishing its online-education reports, in 2003. As of 2007--the most recently analyzed data--more than a fifth of all students enrolled in higher education were taking at least one online course.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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