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Distance education has been a significant feature of higher education for more than 60 years. Until the advent of electronic means of easy communication, distance education was mainly conducted through the mail, either as correspondence courses offered by traditional universities or as certification programs offered by for-profit correspondence schools. As electronic technology evolved, so did the principal means of delivery of distance education, advancing from courses delivered by radio (in the 1930s), television (in the 1950s), audio- or videocassettes (in the 1970s and 1980s), and computer and videoconferencing via satellite (in the 1990s) to the Internet, the most popular form of delivery from the 1990s to the present.

Distance education in U.S. colleges and universities expanded dramatically in the late 1990s, according to a nationally representative survey taken in 2000–01 (U.S. Department of Education 2003b). Both enrollment in for-credit distance education courses and the number of courses offered more than doubled from 1997–98 to 2000–01: enrollment grew from 1.3 million to 2.9 million, and course offerings grew from 47,500 to 118,000. In 2000–01, 56 percent (2,320) of 2- and 4-year institutions offered distance education courses, up from 44 percent 3 years earlier. However, percentages were much higher in public institutions. Almost 90 percent of public 2-year and 4-year institutions offered distance education courses; 16 percent of private 2-year and 40 percent of private 4-year institutions offered such courses. Still, fewer than 10 percent of students in S&E fields took courses through distance education.

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