Coronavirus: Winners, Victims, and Opportunities

Posted by Robert Gray Atkins on Apr 2, 2020 10:00:00 AM

For better and worse, COVID 19 will be a watershed for online education. Tens of thousands of students and faculty are being force-marched from on-campus to online programs for the Opportunity sign isolated on white backgroundremainder of this academic year. This experience will affect their acceptance of online education for years to come.

This could be a boon for online education. Students may discover that online is fun, engaging, and convenient. Or hastily pulled-together online classes could permanently alienate students and harm their college progress, especially if they have limited technology or bandwidth–so it is likely to be harder on poor and rural students.

Topics: Online Programs, Coronavirus, Opportunities


Emerging Programs Blog Series: Cannabis

Posted by Bob Atkins on Mar 12, 2020 12:56:20 PM

I started this series on Emerging Programs with the caution that one of the programs I’m sharing may not be legal in your state. Today, at long last, you’ll find out which one: Cannabis. The legalization of Cannabis in many states has created new opportunities, and higher education is responding.

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Does Cannabis fit your mission?

When you're thinking about starting programs, Cannabis is definitely one that you have to think about in terms of mission fit. For many, the moral issues will dictate their choice about the program. Legal issues may deter many others. As shown below, many states have legalized Cannabis, but it remains illegal under federal law. On the other hand, the Rohrabacher–Farr amendment prohibits federal prosecution of individuals complying with state medical cannabis laws.

Topics: Higher Education, Online Programs, On-Ground Programs, Emerging Programs, How to Choose a new academic program, Cannabis


Philosophy:  A Program Review

Posted by Bob Atkins on Jul 8, 2019 10:54:41 AM

Philosophy programs are under attack from all sides, but is it justified?  In this month’s webcast, Gray took a deeper dive to determine if the negative perception was justified.  What we found was somewhat surprising, students are showing interest in the program and the cost is not prohibitive.  But will students be able to find jobs when they graduate?  Watch our analysis below.

Topics: Online Programs, Undertanding Student demand, Philosophy


Demand for Higher Education Rises: Gray Associates

Posted by Ellis Simon on Feb 1, 2019 11:36:57 AM

December Inquiry Volume Rose 9% Year-Over-Year; 1.8% Higher for All of 2018

In December 2018, student demand for higher education programs rose sharply, according to Gray Associates, a higher education strategy consulting firm.  The firm reported inquiry volume rose nine percent from December 2017 while Google searches for specific programs increased eight percent.  Growth was particularly strong for online programs.  Gray is optimistic that rising interest will lead to enrollment growth in 2019.

Topics: Higher Education, Online Programs, Google Search Volumes


What’s Up?  Inquiries for Online Programs Rise 9%. [Chart]

Posted by Jeff Chin on Jan 29, 2019 10:00:00 AM

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%.

Topics: Higher Education, Online Programs, Inquiry Volumes, 2018


The Number of Students Interested in Online Programs Continues to Grow.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Nov 16, 2018 9:50:42 AM

Online Program Demand

Topics: Online Programs


Demand for Online Programs Continues to Soar.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Oct 17, 2018 1:40:24 PM

Inquiries for Online Programs

  • Inquiries for online programs grew 7% year-over-year in August.

Topics: Online Programs


[Interactive Map] Midwestern State Leads the Growth in Online Education.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Oct 12, 2018 12:14:31 PM

Online Inquiries:  Year-over-Year Inquiries by State

  • Year-to-date, online inquiries in Kansas have grown the fastest year-over-year (+38.87%).

Topics: Online Programs


[Map] Student Interest in Online Higher Education is Growing Fastest in the Midwest.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Sep 19, 2018 8:45:00 AM

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Topics: Online Programs


Arizona Imports More Online Students Than Any Other State.

Posted by Bob Atkins on Jun 20, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Student Demand for Online Education

Topics: Online Programs