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- The two colleges in the U.S. with the largest number of students getting Pell Grants are both for-profit schools that give a large number of online degrees. University of Phoenix is #1, with over 230,000 students getting a total of $560 million per year in Pell Grants, while Kaplan University is #2.
- A 2008 study by Eduventures states that today's typical adult learner is 38.8 years of age, and has a higher income than the average American.
- According to a study by
Thompson Learning, online students tend to have higher intelligence,
more emotional stability, and are more compulsive, self-sufficient and
introverted than traditional on-campus students.
- A 2008 study by The O'Keeffe
Company and CDW-G found that 85% of students feel that mastering
digital technology is an important part of their majors, and that 25%
of them believe that a professor's lack of tech skills is the biggest
obstacle they have to achieving their technology goals.
- Eighty-five percent of Capella University's 20,000-plus students are enrolled in graduate programs.
a Massachusetts firm that does studies of educational trends, is now
predicting that one out of every 10 college students will be in an
online degree program by 2008.
- Several different studies have found that more than fifty per cent of online learning students are married with children.
- In 1913, Thomas Edison predicted that books would "soon be obsolete in the schools" because of motion
- For-profit schools lean heavily on part-time professors. According to The Chronicle Index of For-Profit Education, America's top 5 for-profit schools currently have 5,985 full-time faculty and 37,249 part-time professors and instructors.
- 77% of American corporations now use online learning, often blended with traditional teaching styles. In 1995, only 4% of corporations were using
University recently announced it will create digital videos of
undergraduate lecture classes and make them available online to the
public at no charge.
- Some very well-known colleges have failed in their efforts to create online divisions. Temple, New York University and Columbia have all had e-learning flops. Columbia, in fact, spent $15 million to start an online program that was eventually closed down.
2005, over 1.2 million adult students were signed up for purely online
degree or certificate programs, according to Eduventures.
analysts at International Data Corp (IDC) predict that the worldwide
market for corporate e-learning will rise from $8 billion last year to
$26 billion by the year 2010.
- 65 percent of American graduate schools now offer online courses.
- About 2,500 for-profit schools are accredited to offer federal student aid.
Gartner Group says that by 2008, 41 million corporate employees will be
functioning in a “virtual workplace” at least one
day every week.
number of students seeking a higher education is expected to grow by at
least 13 per cent between now and 2015, adding an additional 2.3
millions students to colleges and universities, according to the
Education Commission of the States. It is possible, however, that
college enrollments could increase by as much as 50 per cent, for a
total of 8 million more students by 2015, the ECS says.
United States currently spends more money on higher education than any
other industrialized nation, according to the Organization for Economic
University of Phoenix is today the largest private university in the
U.S., with almost 300,000 students on 150 different campuses. Phoenix
also has well over 200,000 taking its degree courses online.
- Every year, between 6 and 8 billion dollars is spent placing and servicing computers in American K-12 schools.
18 – 22 year olds living on the campus of a four-year college
or university actually now make up only 16 per cent of
America’s higher education population, according to the U.S.
Department of Education. A majority of students today are either
studying part-time, attending two-year institutions or over the age of
- Michigan was first state to require all students to take some online learning to graduate from high school in 2006.
one in six students enrolled in higher education - about 3.2 million
people - took at least one course online in the fall of 2006, according
to The Sloan Consortium.
- According to Newsweek magazine, the ten most “wired” colleges in the US, in order, are:
1) Villanova (where first-year students get laptops, and replacements after their second year)
3) Indiana University
4) Swarthmore College
5) Creighton University
6) The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
7) Michigan Technological University
8) University of Southern California
9) Quinnipiac University
10) The University of Oklahoma
- C.I.A. recruiters say that 5 percent to 10 percent of their new employees completed at least some of their schooling online.
estimates that of its 2,293 employees who earned a degree in 2005 while
on the job, 40 percent completed their course work online.
to the Association for Computing Machinery, jobs in computing will grow
more than jobs in any other career category from now through 2014.
Top Schools Specializing In Online Degrees:
Offers a very wide range of bachelor's, master's and associates degrees in
- Criminal Justice
- Health Care
- Computer Technology
- Information Systems
- Legal Studies
Learn more about Kaplan's degree programs
Keiser is a very unusual case of a school that changed from for-profit to non-profit status in 2011. Established in Florida in 1977, the school has 14 campuses around the world and a very large and well-known online degree program. It has regional accreditation (the best kind) from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and has long pursued a goal of preparing students for real careers. Keiser offers a vast array of online associates and bachelors degrees in these areas:
- Criminal Justice
- Sports Medicine
- Video Game Design
- Biomedical Sciences
- Elementary Education
- Information Technology
- Business Administration
- Social Media Communication
Get free info about Keiser's degree programs
Colorado Technical University
CTU is a large institution based on Colorado Springs with over 25,000 students. It has solid regional accreditation (the best kind) and has been ranked #1 Best for Vets in the category for online and non-traditional universities by Military Times Magazine.
Offers associate's and bachelor's degrees online in
- Criminal Justice (multiple specialties)
- Project Management
- Information Systems (multiple specialties)
- Electrical Engineering
Learn more about Colorado Tech's degree programs
Iowa-based school established in 1918, Ashford offers a vast array of online degrees online across the range from associate to bachelor and masters, in addition to it's campus-based programs. (Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org.) Degrees available in:
- Business Management - BA & MBA in 19 different specialties
- Early Childhood Education
- Health Care Studies
- Homeland Security
- Sports Managment
Get information on Ashford's online programs
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