Distance learning has a wide appeal to a diverse population of Americans. It offers students a number of advantages, many of which dovetail with other social or lifestyle needs. Online courses and degree programs suit working professionals who are looking to move up to management roles, often with their employers paying part or all of their tuition. It’s a powerful option for stay-at-home parents who are preparing for a new or re-entry career when they head back to work. Pearson Learning Solutions Senior VP Todd Hitchcock reports:
Your alumni status grants you continued access to valuable career resources ranging from tools and webinars to expert content series and social networks. You can read career content, join career conversations happening on alumni social channels, take advantage of career workshops and access the Phoenix Career Guidance System that you used as a student.
Opportunities for online grad students at eNSU are even more extensive -- 20 degree programs in all. Fourteen of these options are concentrated in education studies. Three master's tracks for teachers feature multiple specializations: adult learning and development; curriculum and instruction; and special education. Additional education master's programs include seven grade-specific specializations, as well as degrees in student affairs in higher education, early childhood education and educational leadership. Nursing students may choose from five different MSN concentrations; master's degrees are also available in health and human performance (with a health promotion concentration) and radiologic science.
Established in 1972, Thomas Edison State University is located in the New Jersey capital of Trenton. In addition to standard online courses delivered through the school's MyEdison portal, distance learners at TESU may also choose to take asynchronous guided study courses utilizing DVDs and streaming video, 'e-pack' self-assessment courses and TESU’s own credit-by-exam program, TECEP exams, aimed at students who wish to prepare for rigorous final exams.
Digital learning is easily the most dramatic change to sweep higher education in more than a century. Colleges are under pressure to expand their online program offerings to meet the rising demand for distance learning options across the country. Learners can choose to take individual courses online, or to pursue a formal certificate or degree program. In fact, 63% of the students responding to our survey were working towards a degree, with the majority of them working towards a four-year bachelor's degree. The rest were enrolled in online classes for personal learning and growth rather than college credit.
The College of William and Mary offers its students nationally ranked undergraduate, graduate and professional programs through Arts & Sciences and four schools: Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary School of Education, William & Mary Law School, and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS). William and Mary may be one of the oldest schools in the country, but they are keeping up with the times with offering online summer courses as well as a growing number of online and hybrid programs.
Midway University, founded in 1847 by Dr. Lewis L. Pinkerton, was one of the nation's first schools to serve disadvantaged or orphaned women. Today, the coeducational Midway offers its 1,005 students over 30 academic majors in many of the region's top-demand fields of business, teacher education, nursing/healthcare, and equine studies. For distance education, Midway is among the best online colleges in the region. Students can earn their associate degree online, one of more than 20 baccalaureate degrees, or a 100-percent-online MBA, M.Ed., or MSN graduate degree. Online options for a bachelor's degree in education include more than 12 areas of specialization. Midway's Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program may grant course credits for online students based on their work experience or career preparation outside the classroom.
The majority of IWU's online degree opportunities are available at the graduate level. The university's seven online MBA pathways include a general MBA, as well as dual-study MBA tracks in school administration, healthcare administration and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN). Other master's programs carry multiple specialization options, as well. These include a master's degree in counseling with six areas of concentration; a master's in education with 10 specialized tracks (many of which are subject-specific); and a master's in nursing track with seven possible specializations. Finally, grad students seeking a religious studies degree from Wesley Seminary can pursue a master's in four areas: divinity (with seven specializations); Maestría en Divinidad (Spanish-language divinity); ministry; and practical theology.
The College of William and Mary, often shortened to simply William and Mary or W & M, is located in Williamsburg, Virginia and is the second oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Although planning for the school took place as far back as 1618 (before Harvard was established) but plans were delayed due to “Indian Uprising”. However, by 1693, King William III and Queen Mary II of England had signed the charter for William & Mary. It is one of only 9 colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolutionary War.
The Colorado School of Mines also referred to as simply Mines, is located in Golden, Colorado, formerly known as Golden City which was established in 1859. By 1866, Bishop George M. Randall had arrived at the then territory of Colorado and began to plan for a university which would include the School of Mines. In 1870 the Jarvis Hall Collegiate School was opened just south of Golden with the School of mines opening in 1873 under the auspices of the Episcopal Church. One year later the school became a territorial institution and later a state institution in 1876 when Colorado became an official state.
Online associate degrees are particularly useful for those pursuing a career in a specific trade or one that requires a narrow and specialized set of skills, such as paralegal, nursing assistant or information technology (IT) professional. Many two-year schools offer degrees specifically for these industries that prepare graduates to pursue entry-level jobs. These schools, often known as trade schools, technical schools, or career colleges, tend to center around industries like healthcare, IT, and specific trades such as computer drafting. As online education becomes more common, more online trade schools and online career colleges have emerged. Our rankings can help you find the best online technical education options.
Educators can use continuing education for license renewal, for professional development, toward endorsements and pay scale increases, and for personal growth. Our credit-bearing teacher curriculum is designed for new and seasoned educators who want to develop or reinforce their knowledge of classroom concepts and techniques, or to enhance their career.
Established 130 years ago in Natchitoches, Northwestern State University of Louisiana has extended its community reach through satellite campuses in Alexandria, Shreveport, and Fort Polk - and through its online programs. Two NSU online graduate programs have been ranked in the top-five degrees in education. The master's in special education is a 36-hour program preparing students to excel in elementary and secondary gifted education and early intervention. Online students can also complete an associate degree, 18 online bachelor degrees, 22 master's degrees, and two doctoral programs (education or nursing practice). NSU also offers six hybrid degrees that combine campus settings with online learning. Technology students can earn an online, competency-based Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems that since 1999 has received citations for "Area of Excellence" by the University of Louisiana system.
The University of Wisconsin serves well over 43,000 students at the Madison campus. UW offers more than 200 majors for undergraduate students to choose from and over 250 master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. There are also online courses and programs available at UW for students, including summer online courses and programs for non-traditional students through UW Continuing Studies.
Even though one big advantage of an online college or university is the fact that you can take courses anywhere in the world, most online students take classes from a school within 100 miles of where they live. Online programs offer a great deal of flexibility, but enrolling in an online degree program close to your home can offer some big advantages. If you enroll in an online program close to home, you can save money with in-state tuition, easily access campus resources like libraries, gyms or in-person office hours with professors, and you can access hybrid programs, which require you to spend some time on campus in addition to online curriculum.
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- Radio station simulcasting their programs on the internet.
- Webcasts can use special website software, a standard media player or a custom media player.
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Amridge University, founded in Montgomery, AL in 1967, was among the first 15 universities to offer online degree programs as part of a U.S. Department of Education initiative. The study culminated with a change in Federal laws to allow more students to receive online degrees. Ranked among the best online schools, AU currently offers programs leading to an Associate or Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts or Science, Master or Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy. Its online programs are administered by the College of Business, College of General Studies, School of Human Services, and Turner School of Theology.
Online learning has come a long way over the years, and distance students today can pursue degree programs that match their interests from the associate to the doctorate level. While not every program is suited to the online environment, nearly 80% of educators find that generally, online learning is equal to, if not better than, traditional classroom learning. Some of the most popular undergraduate majors for online students include:
The Village offers online counseling and mental health therapy for residents of Minnesota and North Dakota. It is the mission of The Village Family Service Center to help strengthen our clients. And our web-based counseling services are another way to provide access to therapy services that will assist people in making changes or getting new ideas about how to live emotionally, socially, and physically healthier lives. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or use our Request an Appointment form.
Established in 1820, Indiana University-Bloomington is a world-class hub of innovation, creativity, and research. The university's virtual campus features approximately 100 degree and certificate programs from the Indiana University system, with approximately 7,950 students in the system participating in full-time distance learning. Indiana University-Bloomington has a catalog of degree completion baccalaureate programs for students with transferable credits. Fields of study include math, nursing, criminal justice, communication studies, psychology, and English technical and professional writing.
Because online students aren’t confined to a classroom, they can complete coursework virtually anywhere – as long as there is internet access. This makes online learning particularly appealing for working professionals and students with family obligations or other responsibilities that make it hard to travel to and from campus regularly. Additionally, most online curriculum is delivered asynchronously, meaning that students can log on at any time and complete coursework at their own pace.
Some schools automatically deduct tuition and housing payments from the disbursements, and provide students with the remaining balance. Other colleges disburse all of the financial aid, requiring students to make tuition and housing payments themselves. The aid money that is left over may be used for books, food, transportation, and personal expenses.
Regent University maintains a dual commitment to academic excellence and flexible scheduling. This combination makes the school highly attractive to working adults who need to continue working as they study—and who want an education grounded in faith. Through Regent Online, students receive instruction and mentoring from the same prestigious professors who teach on campus. Top degree programs include:
Waldorf University provides all of the student's textbooks for free through the Waldorf Book Grant and Loan-a-Book programs. The courses are offered in 8-week track schedules. Waldorf University has a 100% recommendation rate from the 12 student reviews. Student can choose from a variety of programs: 15 associate degrees, 86 bachelor's degrees, and 17 master's degrees. They also offer a program for high school students called Start Point that allows students who are 15 years old or older to enroll in online college courses while still in high school. Tuition for undergraduate students is $290 per credit hour or an affordable $8,700 per year.
Basically web-based (internet-based) counseling works the same way as in-office relationship counseling though rather than coming into the counselor’s office you can have the session from the comfort of your own home. You and your partner together, via live video conferencing, can discuss with the counselor the issues impacting your relationship. You will not have to worry about traveling to an appointment.
Let’s face it: In traditional classroom environments, many students feel like round pegs trying to fit into square holes. “A lot of students have difficulty engaging in an on-ground class because of class size, intimidation, reluctance to sound ‘dumb’ in a live setting, or many other reasons. An online class is great for people who are shy, or reticent to speak or simply need more time to collect their thoughts,” says ClearDegree’s Leatherwood.
One of the top schools in Central Florida, Saint Leo University has established its presence in the area by having over 40 locations for students to study at. However, the online school at Saint Leo University makes up a large part of their total student body. Online degrees at Saint Leo are available to students around the world, and the quality of education is the same that students would get if they were to study on-campus. Students can also choose to do a hybrid of both online and on-campus courses to complete their degree. The flexibility of the online programs combined with the expert staff make Saint Leo's one of the best online schools for adult learners who are looking to earn a degree to further their professional career.
A degree from a non-accredited institution comes with the risk of potentially not being viewed as a real degree by other schools or employers. Many regionally accredited colleges and universities, like state universities, will not accept credits from nationally accredited schools. If you ever want to transfer or get a graduate degree you may have to redo coursework — not fun!
FIU Online features a total of 21 online bachelor's degree programs. These include degrees in eight business-oriented fields: organizational communication studies; finance; hospitality management; human resource management; international business; logistics and supply chain management; management; and marketing. Bachelor's programs in core academic subjects include degrees in criminal justice, early childhood education, health services administration, psychology, religious studies and sociology, as well as an RN to BSN track for registered nurses. The university also offers bachelor's pathways in less traditional areas of study, including sustainability and the environment, women's and gender studies and two tracks in recreation and sports management. All online bachelor's degree options at FIU are 120 credits in length, and are typically completed after four years of full-time study; each online student is paired with a 'success coach' to ensure they meet key deadlines and complete their degree requirements in a timely, cost-effective manner. With the exception of the RN to BSN program, all bachelor's degree pathways at FIU are delivered fully online.
In developing the ranking for the 100 Best Online Colleges, several pieces of data were collected in order to evaluate the institutions. A list of all colleges offering online degrees or courses was obtained from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). In addition, data and information for online colleges and universities considered for this college ranking was obtained from Payscale, CollegeData, Niche, and individual school websites.
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, usually known as simply Cooper Union, is located in Manhattan, New York. Cooper Union is a private college that was established in 1859 by Peter Cooper in order to bring quality higher education to all who qualify regardless of race, sex, religion or social status. Originally the school offered free courses to students, then later admitted students with full-tuition scholarships. However, after 2014, Cooper Union had to change their policy.
Founded more than 50 years ago with the goal of serving the needs of career-motivated working adults, Bellevue University is widely recognized for its expertise in online learning and commitment to prepare students with essential workplace knowledge and skills. For example, the university has been named as a "Top 10 University for Adult Learners" by Washington Monthly each year since the ranking was started.
Online students at Washington State University have access to 24/7 tech support, online tutoring, a writing lab, and access to webinars and live-streamed events. The school partners with a number of two-year schools in western states, helping students transfer their associate degree credits. Students in states not on the school's "direct agreement" list can still transfer credits on a course-by-course basis.
In addition to the College and Graduate School, Brown University also has the School of Engineering, School of Public Health, Alpert Medical School, and the School of Professional Studies in order to serve its over 9,000 students. Brown University offers online pre-college and undergraduate courses as well as blended learning professional programs in several areas of study.
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