Internet Increases Educational Success

A digital divide is an economic inequality between groups,
broadly construed, in terms of access to, use of, or
knowledge of information and communication technologies. – WIKIPEDIA DEFINITION

Since Fall 2002, online enrollment as a percentage of total college enrollment has grown 233%.

Online classes now provide access to higher education opportunities to a growing number of people around the world. However, students without proper access to internet and communication technologies are being left behind as the digital divide continues to grow.

119 million Americans still lack broadband internet access while education experts agree that access is becoming critical to higher education.

35 30 25 20 15 10 5 0
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013

ONLINE ENROLLMENT AS
A % OF TOTAL ENROLLMENT

(projected)
69.1 % of chief academic officers believe online learning is critical to long-term education.
– ONLINELEARNINGSURVEY.COM
6.7 million students enrolled in online education in Fall 2011, up 9.3% from the previous year.
– ONLINELEARNINGSURVEY.COM
“The economic ramifications of digital illiteracy will severely impact younger generations looking to get competitive jobs in a world that is increasingly reliant on the Internet for just about everything.” – CHRISTINA GAGNIER, MERCURY NEWS

Studies in the United States show a strong positive correlation between
internet access, ACT scores, and GDP per capita.

90 85 80 75 70 65 60 55 50
18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

ACT SCORES

INTERNET ACCESS
AND ACT SCORES

ALASKA
84.25% with access
Avg ACT Score: 21.2
MISSISSIPPI
59.73% with access
Avg ACT Score: 18.7
MASSACHUSETTS
72.92% with access
Avg ACT Score: 24.1

According to the e-Learning Foundation, “pupils whose families have a computer are likely to achieve higher grades.”

20% of American households still do not have internet access. – FACETHEFACTSUSA.ORG

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DC WA ID OR NV CA AZ UT AK HI MT ND WY CO NM SD NE KS OK TX MN IA MO AR LA WI MI MI IL IN KY TN MS AL FL GA OH SC NC VA VA WV DE MD PA NJ NY RI MA CT VT NH ME

While the digital divide is an ongoing domestic concern, the same problem plagues developing countries around the world. While the digital divide in the United States highlights the disparity between those with and without access, the global digital divide mirrors this disparity on an international scale.

Combined average test scores for Math, Science and Reading, based on the Programme for International Student Assessment.

INTERNET ACCESS
AND TEST SCORES

INTERNET ACCESS
AND GDP

100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0
300 350 400 450 500 550

Test SCORES

1.5K 11.5K 21.5K 31.5K 41.5K 51.5K 61.5K 71.5K 81.5K 91.5K 101.5K

GDP PER CAPITA

Kyrgyzstan

21.7% with access
Test Scores: 323

Turkey

45.1% with access
Test Scores: 449

Singapore

74.2% with access
Test Scores: 552

Luxembourg

92 % with access
Test Scores: 489

India

12.6% with access
GDP per capita: $3,900

Greece

56% with access
GDP per capita: $24,900

Taiwan

76% with access
GDP per capita: $39,400

Iceland

96% with access
GDP per capita: $39,900

Qatar

88.1% with access
GDP per capita: $103,900

“In ‘mature’ countries—which excludes India, China, Brazil and Russia—the Internet accounts for 21 percent growth in GDP.” - HUFFINGTON POST

Americas

Europe, Middle East & Africa

Asia/Pacific

Although internet availability is improving at rapid rates, there are still many left behind without even basic access to broadband services. Heavy reliance on internet technologies for everyday communication, education, and work is reality in today's world.

Those without access face being further behind in these basics skills.

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