While some believe that growth in online programs has peaked, the data suggest that the best is yet to come. Inquiry volumes rose almost every month in 2018 for an annual average growth rate of 6.2%. Growth in December beat the average, surging 9%.
Gray tracks inquiries, essentially online forms filled out by potential students interested in higher education programs. Inquiry volume had been dropping, often by double digits, for over five years. 2018 broke the trend. Inquiries increased 1.7% for the year and sprinted to the finish with a 9% rise in December.