In recent years, the New York State Education Department has implemented an initiative to support the growth and development of online learning and blended programs statewide for high school students. This initiative includes district and charter school programs, and higher education to expand learning opportunities for distance learning students. New York also has a Virtual Advanced Placement program that awards grant funds to low income students enrolled in online and blended AP programs.
The goal of this program is to expand opportunities for low income students, and encourage students to participate and succeed in virtual learning AP programs and receive AP credits towards college. Distance learning education in New York has evolved considerably over the last decade, with nearly every degree program offered in state universities tailored for online learning via Open SUNY. With 64 campuses across the state, the State University of New York offers nearly 400 online and blended degree programs, and over 12,000 courses.
New York has continued to see a rise in enrollment in public universities, despite the spike in tuition costs. Between 2004 and 2014, in-state tuition and fees at public four year universities increased 18%. Two year public schools also experienced an 18% increase in tuition costs during this time. According to the Center on Budget and Policies Priorities, this can be partially credited to a 11.1% decrease in state spending per student between 2008 and 2014.
According to the NYSED, in 2004, New York was home to 6.5% of the nation’s 4,121 colleges and universities, and offered an estimated 225,522 degree programs. In 2001, to ease the financial burdens of higher education, New York awarded more students grant aid per student than any other state, and provided $648 million in grants, mostly through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Overall student enrollment at public universities between 2002 and 2012 increased 20%. Four-year public schools specifically experienced an 11.2% increase between 2005 and 2012. New York is nationally ranked in terms of graduation and student retention rates, with a 60.6% overall graduation rate in public four-year schools, and 84.2% first-year retention rate.
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