New WCET Distance Ed Enrollment Report Shows Continued Growth

We are pleased to announce the first issue of a new report, the “WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report 2016: Using IPEDS 2014 Fall Enrollment Data.” Based on data accumulated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System’s  (IPEDS) 2014 Fall Enrollment survey, we decided to create a single report instead of a […]

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Highlights of Distance Education Enrollment Trends from IPEDS Fall 2014

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) released the third year of Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data that reports Distance Education (DE) student enrollment for the Fall of 2014. This is the third consecutive year that IPEDS included the enrollments for Distance Education and that WCET […]

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A Survey of Practices in Supporting Online Adjunct Faculty

Are colleges doing all they can to assure that their online adjunct faculty are successful? Institutions employing adjunct faculty for online courses were surveyed about the practices they use in supporting them.  With the frequent use of adjuncts and growing enrollments in online education, adjunct faculty importance in the academic community is increasing. To properly […]

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Education Department Urges Colleges to Follow IPEDS Distance Ed Definitions

In an extended conversation with the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) IPEDS personnel, they confirmed which distance education enrollment counts colleges should be reporting to the Department’s IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) survey. The Department representatives also wondered why we did not highlight some of the errors made by colleges in reporting their […]

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A Response to New NCES Report on Distance Education

By Phil Hill and Russ Poulin, cross-posted to e-Literate blog. Last week the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report analyzing the new IPEDS data on distance education. The report, titled Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by State: Fall 2012, is a welcome addition to those interested in analyzing and understanding the […]

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U.S. Distance Education Adoption by the Numbers: an IPEDS Reality Check

This is the first of a series of posts providing insight on data regarding enrollments in distance education that was released by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year.  Terri Straut crunched the data for WCET.  Terri has a deep knowledge of the distance education world and we appreciate her thorough analysis. As noted […]

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State Authorization: Reciprocity Update, New Military Rules, and New Survey

The work on the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is moving forward and I’m inviting you to give some feedback.  Additionally, significant new rules regarding state authorization for military personnel are on the near horizon.  For those waiting for state authorization to “go away,” they may not be too happy. Finally, we’re updating our survey on […]

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U.S. News on Their Rankings of Online Colleges: In Their Own Words

The developers of the US News and World Report’s Top Online Programs rankings invited WCET members to ask questions regarding the implementation, methodology, survey questions, and future plans.  We thank Bob Morse and Eric Brooks of U.S. News for extending the invitation and for their quick turnaround in providing responses. Their invitation followed on the […]

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Reviewing US News Release of Honor Rolls of Online Education

The moment has arrived.  The ‘mother of all rankings,’ also known as the US News and World Report rankings, have birthed their newest baby where they list the “Top Online Programs.”  Rather than an overall institutional ranking they have created “Honor Rolls” of the top programs in:  bachelor’s degree and graduate degrees in business, education, […]

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Questions about Online Learning? Respond to the Managing Online Ed Survey.

You get questions. We get questions.    What are other campuses doing about the issues that vex you?  How do you know?  There is only one way to find out, ask them.  And there is only one way for us share the answers — if you respond when asked. For the third year, WCET is partnering […]

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