2019 Online Higher Education Market Update

Online learning is mainstream in U.S. higher education. Over two million undergraduates, about 15% of the total, now study fully online along with over a million graduate students. At the graduate level, online penetration is now at 30%. Online enrollment continues to grow at a time when higher education student numbers overall are in decline. Almost two thousand colleges and universities currently enroll fully online students.

Now that online higher education is a firm part of the landscape—and big business—institutional leaders face a number of important questions:

  • Will online enrollment continue to grow?
  • Which credentials, programs, and types of online learning have momentum?
  • How is online programming impacting student access, cost, and outcomes?

This webinar will discuss highlights from the new Eduventures report, reflecting on competition, regulation, and innovation in this dynamic market.

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Richard Garrett

Richard Garrett

Eduventures Chief Research Officer

Richard has nearly 25 years of experience in higher education research, consulting and policy. From 2015-2019, Richard was also Director of the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education, a think tank, part of Tribal Group, focused on global developments in online learning, internationalization and commercial activity and partnerships. Prior to Eduventures, Richard was North America Director for i-graduate, working with clients of the International Student Barometer, the world’s largest survey of the international student experience. From 2005-2013, Richard led Eduventures online higher education practice. Richard has also worked as a researcher in the School of Education & Continuing Studies at the University of Surrey in the UK and as a policy analyst at the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from King’s College London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Cambridge.