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Title Online Higher Education in the United States- An Observatory Analysis
Author Richard Garrett - Director, OBHE


To kick off the Observatory’s series of national overviews of online higher education, it is fitting to start with the United States of America. The world’s largest economy is home to many computing and Internet pioneers, individuals as well as companies, and led the so-called e-learning boom during the dotcom era in the late 1990s. No country has had more experience with the rhetoric and reality of online learning.

So, in 2017, what does online higher education look like in the US, twenty years on? One indication that online learning is well-established is the fact the federal government, since 2012, has required all colleges and universities eligible for federal student funding to report the number of students studying wholly or partly through distance learning.

Date 10/02/2017
Region(s) North America
Countries United States
Theme(s) All Themes

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