Distance Education Enrollments at Illinois Colleges and Universities Spring Term 2001
A survey just completed by the Illinois Virtual Campus showed that Illinois colleges and universities reported enrolling 46,241 student course enrollments in 3,554 distance education courses during the Spring 2001 term. The number of courses offered via distance education increased by 939 from the Fall 2000 term and the student enrollments increased by 8,536 during the same period. Internet courses accounted for the largest portion of distance education enrollments in the Spring 2001 term with 19,764 enrollments in 1,753 courses and experienced the largest increase of 6,182 students from Fall 2000 term.
Enrollments reported by the colleges and universities of Illinois in distance education delivery modes for the Spring 2001 term were:
19,764 in Internet courses
13,957 in Stored Media courses (Videotape and CD ROM)
6,410 in Interactive TV courses (2-way Audio/2-way Video)
3,591 in Open Broadcast TV courses
2,519 in Correspondence courses
Community colleges in Illinois offered the largest number of distance education courses (2,717) and generated the highest enrollments (35,539) during the Spring 2001 term. Public universities reported 8,516 student enrollments in 600 courses and private colleges and universities reported 2,186 student enrollments in 237 courses.
An analysis of the distance education enrollments by residency showed that the overwhelming majority of the students were from Illinois. The community colleges reported that 92% of their distance education enrollments were residents of their community college district, 6% were Illinois residents living outside of the college district, and 2% were residents outside of Illinois. Illinois public universities reported that 73% of their distance education enrollments were in-state residents, 21% were out-of-state residents, and 6% were out-of-country residents. The independent colleges and universities reported that 29% of their enrollments