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Learning at a distance: Undergraduate enrollment in distance education courses and degree programs

Citation

Radford, A. (2011). Learning at a distance: Undergraduate enrollment in distance education courses and degree programs. ((NCES 2012-154)). Washington, DC: National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES); U.S. Department of Education.

Abstract

In 2008 the United States ranked fifth out of 36 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member and partner countries in the proportion of 25- to 64-year-olds with a postsecondary degree (OECD 2010, table A1.3a). Some have proposed that one way to improve Americans’ educational attainment overall may be to bring a broader base of Americans into postsecondary education (Hebel 2010; Jaschik 2009). It has been suggested that the flexibility of distance education courses and programs may be particularly helpful in encouraging Americans with family and work obligations to pursue and complete post-secondary credentials (Kolowich 2010).