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Why online college is the new norm

Written by Ashworth College on Thursday, 18 August 2016. Posted in Online College, Why Ashworth

Why Online College is the New Norm

Over the last decade, the number of online learning opportunities available has grown remarkably, making it a normal part of most higher learning programs and, in many cases, providing an alternative to brick-and-mortar colleges entirely. Online degrees have become more and more popular among students, providing them with a flexible and cost-effective alternative to enrolling in a traditional higher education program.

A few statistics

To show how prevalent online learning has become in our society, let’s take a look at some statistics published in a 2011 study:

  • As of the fall of 2009, the number of students taking at least one online class had increased by over 20% from the year before.
  • About 65% of chief academic officers indicated that online learning was vital to long-term strategy.
  • From 2010 to 2011, online enrollment increased by over 10%.

Online learning is certainly here to stay, but many people wonder whether it’s truly viable. It seems unreal—and in some cases, a little too good to be true—to think that you can get a fully legitimate college education online. However, statistics indicate that it is perfectly normal, just as much as attending class in a traditional classroom. Online college is the present and the future.

Reasons for online learning

So what has driven the growth of online colleges? There are a few things that make online learning very appealing, among which is the low cost, easily manageable time commitment, and superb convenience associated with it.

  • Flexible scheduling: You don’t have a normal classroom you have to attend, and your pacing isn’t rigidly governed by arbitrary semester cycles. You can study and learn at your own pace, which is especially helpful for students who don’t perform well in a rigid traditional classroom setting.
  • Availability: Online learning is highly convenient, partially for the flexibility in scheduling, but also because you can study where you want as well as when you want. Your schooling is all available through your personal computer, making it very accessible for those who have to work or raise a family.
  • Lower cost: Finally, online programs often come at a much lower price than traditional universities. This means less of a financial commitment to get a degree as well as lower (or nonexistent) student loans to pay off afterward. Given how absurdly unmanageable student loan debt can be these days, this is a huge benefit.

The main appeal of online colleges such as Ashworth College is the fact that they can provide the same benefits as a traditional classroom without the massive burdens that usually accompany higher education.

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