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1. 51% of college administrators said there was “no difference” between online education and traditional classroom education. However, only 16.5% said online education was “superior.”
2. On average, online students test almost 10 percentiles lower than traditional classroom students. Online students test at the 59th, while classroom students test at the 50th.
3. Online degrees can be 80 times less expensive than traditional degrees. The average total cost of an online degree is $30k, compared to the average traditional degree at $85k.
4. One of the most widely held belief is that online learning attracts students more interested in skill-based degrees. However, the most popular bachelor degrees are extremely similar between online and offline learners. Both online and traditional students choose the most degrees in business, psychology, elementary education, and nursing. The only degrees that differ are accounting for traditional degrees and health administration for online degrees.
5. In 2003, there were only 1.8 million online students. In 2011, there were 6.1 million students. The infographic speculates that this may be due to the problems associated with commuting: 55% of students in the U.S. who skip traditional class say they do so because of a “lengthy commute.”
6. The problem of retention isn’t just an online one: 59% of traditional students claim that lectures are becoming increasingly “unengaging.”
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