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Date: Spring 2021
From: Quarterly Review of Distance Education(Vol. 22, Issue 1)
Publisher: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Document Type: Report
Length: 8,817 words
Lexile Measure: 1510L

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In the last decade the number of new higher education enrollments per year faced a 66% increase, from 2.2 million enrollments in 2010 compared to 3.6 million enrollments in 2019. This growth is concentrated in the distance learning courses, which boomed 379% in the period and is expected to maintain this trend until become the main higher education model in the upcoming years. This phenomenon may be explained by the development of technological tools, the eagerness to have a flexible schedule, and the expansion of distance learning units to remote areas (where the settlement of an on-site learning campus is not financially and logistically feasible). In this study, I provided an updated depiction of the Brazilian higher education scenario and analyzed the entry and permanency of the distance learning graduates in the job market. Additionally, I interviewed human resources executives and students, and analyzed data from a survey conducted by a major Brazilian education company to understand students' visions about their recruitment processes. The empirical investigation showed that students from both distance learning and on-site models have similar opportunities to get a job and receive similar salaries when employed. Despite that scenario, some potential prejudice against the distance model is still observed (especially among peers) and my hypothesis, which needs to be investigated in further study, is that it may affect other career factors such as job satisfaction and motivation. Keywords: distance learning, higher education, employability

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