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Trending this year: A hotly debated experiment in higher education was the offering of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, to large numbers of students across the world, free. As a growing number of colleges embraced that format, a vocal backlash against it emerged, mainly from professors concerned about the long-term implications. And not all colleges are going in the direction of offering free courses. Many of them set up online programs to offer entire degrees at a distance, at costs similar to those charged for on-campus programs.

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94.8%

Percentage of all institutions with an institutional presence on Facebook. Find out what other social media are popular with colleges.

76%

Percentage of all college freshmen who cited connecting to family as a reason for using social media.

39%

Percentage of all college freshmen who cited completing homework or projects as a reason for using social media. See what other reasons first-year students gave for using social media.

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