Davis, J. (2013) School Enrollment and Work Status: 2011 Washington DC: U.S. Census Bureau
This is a most significant study for online learning:
- More than half of all U.S. students in college or university are working more than 20 hours a week.
- Almost 50% of graduate students are working full-time
- 20% of undergraduate students are working full-time.
The U.S. is now in a position when less than half of students could be considered fullt-ime students. In other words, students who can attend campus five days a week nine-to-five, are now a minority.
For the majority of students in higher education, flexibility of access to learning is now critical for their success. For these students, one trip a week to campus is probably is as much as they can manage. Thus online learning is not now something that helps just a minority of students, but is essential for a majority of students.
Is your institution prepared for this?