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Less Students, More Online

VU International News and Reviews No. 124 November 20 2018

November 2018

The Institute of Educational Sciences of the National Center for Educational Statistics in the US has published “Enrollment and Employees in Postsecondary Institutions, Fall 2017” (preliminary data). It shows that about 85% of students in the US are undergraduate (more than in Europe?) and 55% are female.

Inside HigherEd compared the data with last year and shows an interesting trend with regard to online courses: whereas overall enrolment went down to slightly, enrolment in online course went up. The report also shows that – in spite of the for profit perception of US higher education – the vast majority of students enrol in public institutions: Of the ca 3 76 million first time students in 2017, over 3 million went to public institutions, half a million to non-profit and less than a quarter to for-profits.

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