Data Driven: Online Access for Adult Students

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Data Driven: Online Access for Adult Students

Posted: 30 Sep 2016 11:04 AM PDT

data-driven97 percent of public two-year colleges were offering online, hybrid/blended or other distance education courses by 2007.[1]

Online education is one of the tools in a college’s arsenal to foster success, particularly for working adult students who have to balance multiple responsibilities.

This data point demonstrates that community and technical colleges have risen to the challenge of offering courses to students through various flexible options. Community college students are the most likely of all students to combine in-person and online courses.[2] These flexible options are particularly important to students who are also working: According to the American Association of Community Colleges, 41 percent of part-time students are employed full time, 40 percent of full-time students work part time and 22 percent of full-time students are working full time.[3]

When talking to policymakers or the media about online postsecondary education, supplement this data with stories of your postsecondary students who have benefited from online and hybrid/blended coursework to progress through education and earn valuable credentials.

Check out ACTE fact sheets and our other policy and advocacy publications for more CTE data and research.

[1] Fishman, Community College Online, New America Foundation, 2015.

[2] Ibid.

[3] American Association of Community Colleges, 2016 Community College Fast Facts.




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October 3, 2016