Some colleges ‘retreat’ from online learning

Overall online college course enrollment now stands at 7.1 million, up more than 400,000 from 2012, according to the report’s authors.

There may have been something of a plateau in online enrollment growth, however. The 6.1 percent enrollment increase is the lowest in the 10-year history of the Babson survey.

That 6.1 percent figure is still 1.2 percent higher than overall higher education enrollment increases in 2013.

Joel Hartman, Sloan-C Board president and vice provost and CIO of the University of Central Florida, said the Babson survey results “reinforce the first-hand experience of our members, who continue to demonstrate that online learning has become a fundamental component of today’s higher education environment.”