BestColleges.Com Releases Two New Studies About The Growth Of Online Higher Education

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Published on February 16, 2017

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2017 Online Education Trends Report and 2017 Student Guide to Online Education Provide New Insight Into Administrative and Student Opportunities in Online Education

February 15th, 2017 (Seattle WA) – BestColleges.com, a leading provider of higher education information and resources, today announced the availability of two new reports: 2017 Online Education Trends Report and 2017 Student Guide to Online Education.

2017 Online Education Trends Report

BestColleges.com conducted a proprietary survey with more than 300 school administrators and 1,500 student respondents. 2017 Online Education Trends Report is designed to help school administrators make the best decisions possible about the online programs under their management, as well support future opportunities. The results include detailed information about their current experiences in online education.

"Online education is a dynamic industry, with new technologies and instructional strategies always on the horizon. Marketing and program maintenance also need to keep pace with this changing landscape. Last year, we provided a look at existing research related to online students, technology, learning environments, and college costs (BestColleges, 2016). This year's report offers a snapshot of online education issues as they currently relate to demographics, program management, and student expectations," said Stephanie Snider, General Manager for BestColleges.com.

The report highlights three categories:

The State of Online Learning

Developing and Managing Online Programs

Meeting Online Student Needs and Expectations

The 2017 Online Education Trends Report can be found here: https://res.cloudinary.com/highereducation/image/upload/v1/BestColleges.com/2017-Online-Education-Trends-Report.pdf

2017 Student Guide to Online Education

This report uses the feedback we received from more than 300 schools and 1,500 students to help students decide if online education is a smart choice for them, how to pick a program, and what to expect as an online student, both now and in the future.

A crucial component to identifying online programs that are a match for students is gathering information about a range of academic, learning support, financial, and other important college questions. The 2017 Student Guide to Online Education survey results include feedback from current, past, and prospective students about their process for choosing a program. Many students relied on multiple sources for gathering information about online programs, but the most frequently selected options were reading online reviews from students and researching college websites:

"Ultimately, students considering online education want to know if their degrees will pay off. Each school collects data about student performance. Many schools now provide this information openly so you can get a better idea of how success is measured and achieved at the institutions you are interested in attending. Our findings highlighted that 77% of schools report that students are asking for "placement/employment" rates, which may come as no surprise given the employment focus of most students' education goals," said Snider.

2017 Student Guide to Online Education also provides comprehensive information and survey results about:

For more information about 2017 Student Guide to Online Education, please visit: https://res.cloudinary.com/highereducation/image/upload/v1/BestColleges.com/2017-Student-Guide-to-Online-Education.pdf

BestColleges.com helps prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of unique college rankings. They also provide a wide array of college planning, financial aid, and career resources to help all students get the most from their education and prepare them for the world after college.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Snider, General Manager, BestColleges.com
stephanie@bestcolleges.com

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