Online Learning Update

September 28, 2017

The Most Diverse U.S. Universities Are Online

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

By Henry Kronk, eLearning Inside

Last month, the New York Times reported that leading U.S. colleges are less diverse than they were 30 years ago. Compared to their populations in the U.S., both black and Hispanic students are underrepresented by a factor of roughly 8% each. In other words, the proportion of white people attending college in person exceeds the proportion they make up in the U.S. as a whole. But when it comes to online education, there’s a different story to be told. The diversity of people seeking online degrees tends to be far higher than traditional campus-oriented universities. For example, the Computer Science Master’s program at Georgia Tech counted a total of 276 students for their 2017 spring semester. Of these, 64 attended class in person, while 212 studied remotely. While campus diversity tracked along with most other colleges, women made up 13.9% of the remote population, and ethnic minorities made up 14.7%. This is nearly double the percentage of most college computer science programs.

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