The number of students who enroll in online college courses has grown over 800% in the last 9 years. Not surprisingly, online enrollment in college degree programs rose by over one million students in 2010 – and that number is expected to continue to rise.
Online education, sometimes referred to as distance learning, provides a chance for non-traditional students – such as those who must raise children or work a full-time job – to further their education on a convenient and usually flexible schedule.
Those who succeed will earn a degree or certificate and give themselves a chance to find a better paying job or to receive a promotion within their current company.
Until now, if a student held an associate’s degree from a community college, they would have to seek their bachelor’s degree from schools like Kaplan, Phoenix or ITT Tech. While these schools are accredited and will provide quality education, a lot of students believe that they will gain more prestige and possibly land better positions if they earn their degree from traditional 4-year universities, i.e. Harvard, Stanford or University of “insert your State here”.
In an endeavor to help these non-traditional students earn their bachelor’s degrees online, community colleges across America are initiating credit transfer agreements with the larger universities. This allows holders of associate’s degrees to transfer their credits to a quality online four-year degree program at an accredited, well-respected university.
And if traditional, “big name” universities are not your style, there’s no need to lose sleep over it. Technical colleges across the country are now giving their students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree online as well. So the opportunities are there. In fact, they’re plentiful.
If you have been thinking about getting your four-year degree online, the ball is now in your court and it’s up to you to seek out and find the four-year online school that is best for you. Take your time and do your due diligence. Remember that there are a lot of websites out there that will trick you out of your personal information and give you nothing in return.