Click Here for Degree: Is Online Education More Economical?
News from MainStreet:
NEW YORK (MainStreet) — More than 6 million students now are simply opening up their laptop — instead of trudging through Old Main — to learn career skills and complete degrees. But is an online chat really the same amount as a visit to your professor during office hours?
“First, it’s important that we dispel the myth that online degrees are so vastly different from on-campus degrees,” said Jay Titus, director of academic services for EdAssist, a provider of tuition assistance management services. “The truth is that ‘online’ is simply the modality – or the way the education is delivered. Beyond that you are often getting the same curriculum and in many cases even the same professors as those taking the course in the classroom.”
Even the educational ranking bible U.S. News & World Report now ranks online programs. Just last month, the publication came out with its third annual rankings of programs — with Central Michigan University and SUNY College of Technology – Delhi tying for number one undergraduate program.
Editor Brian Kelly said the magazine has chosen to rank online programs, because “online education is becoming an essential part of the higher education landscape.” He added, “Students and employers ar…………… continues on MainStreet
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Virtual learning: Students opting for online classes from colleges
News from Lancaster Newspapers:
You’ve probably seen, and perhaps been irritated by, the commercials for the for-profit colleges offering you the opportunity to pursue a college education from the comfort of your home.
Those for-profit colleges may charge a premium for the convenience of learning in your pajamas. But when it comes to virtual learning, they’re not your only option.
Local colleges, too, offer an array of online courses and even degree programs.
And HACC also offers free, not-for-credit classes through iTunes U —Apple’s answer to MOOCs: massive open online courses. (See sidebar.)
Among colleges with campuses in Lancaster County, only Franklin & Marshall College offers no online courses at all.
Tahra Drager, 25, of Landisville, took more than a third of her classes online when she was a student at HACC.
She graduated from the community college last May with an associate degree in business studies. She’s now studying business management at Central Penn College, while getting her events-planning business — Tahra’s Tiaras LLC — off the ground.
Virtual learning allowed her to work from home at her own speed. “Yeah, there were deadlines for discussion boards and homework assignments, but it was at more of a kind of leisurely pace that worked for someone like me, who works dur…………… continues on Lancaster Newspapers
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