Not All Colleges and Universities Will Offer Online Degrees
The popularity of online college degrees continually increases year after year. In fact, according to Edu411.org, in 2007 the percentage of people pursuing online degrees increased 12.9 percent, when compared to the amount of enrolled students in 2006. While the flexibility online degree programs offer make it easier for more people to obtain a higher level of education, the US Department of Education reported in 2007 that only 65 percent of colleges and universities offer some type of distance learning program. While you may think it wise for all colleges to jump on the online education bandwagon, there are numerous reasons some colleges don’t plan on implementing online degree programs.
It’s simply not feasible for some degrees to offer distance learning. For example, if you’re pursuing a degree in the medical field, you’ll find that some classes aren’t offered online at all. The reason for this is simple, some things you can’t learn by reading a book and taking a written test. Many degrees in the medical field require students to have some sort of hands-on training, clinicals or lab time, and in order to complete this you need to be in class. The same can be said of schools that specialize in theater or performing arts; since students need to be graded on their performance it’s not something that can be done online.
While there is a high demand for online learning in the lower to mid-class households, the demand isn’t as high for those with higher incomes. When you combine that with the fact that it wasn’t long ago that many businesses didn’t recognize online degrees as a “real degree,” and that online degrees are typically associated with community colleges or vocational schools, it’s not likely that many Ivy League universities will offer full online degree programs. However, the “Big Three” (Harvard, Yale and Princeton) all offer some online classes, even some that are free and available to the public.Continued on the next page