Wednesday, July 19, 2006

2006 PSOL

I'm attending the annual Noel-Levitz conference in Denver this week. Tuesday was the first day of a client workshop on the various N-L surveys of student satisfaction and importance, such as the SSI (Student Satisfaction Inventory) and the PSOL (Priorities Survey for Online Learners).

They have just updated the overall results for the PSOL. There are now just over 34,000 student survey submissions from 78 institutions. This is approximately a doubling in the number of records since the 2005 data was released.

Here are a few of the demographics of this group of online learners:

  • Female: 68%, Male: 32%
  • Age 24 & under: 19%, 25-34 years: 30%, 35-44 years: 27%, 45 & older: 24%
  • Enrolled primarily online: 82%, primarily on-ground: 18%
  • Full-time class load: 57%, part-time: 43%
  • Employed full-time: 71%, part-time: 16%, not employed: 13%
  • Educational goal associate degree: 14%, bachelor: 34%, master: 26%, doctorate: 22%
  • Current online enrollment: 1-3 credits: 27%, 4-6 credits: 34%, 7-9 credits: 16%, 10-12 credits: 12%, 13 or more credits: 11%
  • Previous online enrollment: no classes: 25%, 1-3 classes: 37%, 4-6 classes: 15%, 7-9 classes: 8%, 10 or more: 15%
Those numbers include a little less than 3,000 students from MnOnline who completed the survey during Feb-Mar of 2006. More about that coming up soon.

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