College campuses have been an American institution for millennia, but not all higher learning is being done in a traditional classroom anymore—and now a new portrait of the typical online student has emerged, PC World reports.
Almost one-third of college students are now taking at least one online course, up from only 10 percent in 2003, according to an Online Colleges infographic based on a collaborative study by the Babson Survey Research Group and the College Board.
More than 6.14 million postsecondary students are enrolled in at least one online course, a majority of them women. The “typical” 2012 online college student is a white female, about 33 years old, with a total annual household income of approximately $66,500, who is working full-time for an employer that offers tuition reimbursement.
It’s likely that student has taken to the web as part of their career plan, with a specific goal to advance or stay up to date in a current career, change careers, or meet the required credentials for a current job…
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