The National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) and its Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) provide the most official data on colleges and universities in the United States. I have been analyzing and sharing the data since the inaugural Fall 2012 dataset.
Below is a profile of online education in the US for degree-granting colleges and university, broken out by sector and for each state.
Please note the following:
- For the most part distance education and online education terms are interchangeable, but they are not equivalent as DE can include courses delivered by a medium other than the Internet (e.g. correspondence course).
- I have provided some flat images as well as an interactive graphic at the bottom of the post. The interactive graphic has much better image resolution than the flat images.
- There are two tabs below in the interactive graphic - the first shows totals for the US by sector and by level (grad, undergrad); the third shows a map view allowing filtering by sector.
There is also a map view of state data colored by number of, and percentage of, students taking at least one online class for each sector. If you hover over any state you can get the basic data. As an example, here is a view highlighting Virginia private 4-year institutions.
For those of you who have made it this far, below is the interactive graphic, which can also be found here. Enjoy the data.