December 17th, 2010
Many working adults would like to return to school to complete their degree, but lack the time to attend classes on a traditional campus. While working a full-time job, individuals need flexible scheduling options that can enable them to earn a degree at their own pace. More people are turning to online colleges to obtain a postsecondary education and advance their careers.
Recently, Western New Mexico University officials approved a plan to institute a five-year academic plan, which would enable them to offer additional degree programs. Six certificate programs, two baccalaureate degrees and 11 master's degree programs will be created, according to News West-9. Two of these graduate degree programs will be offered online to accommodate the growing number of distance learners.
The Western New Mexico University board is also proposing a doctorate program in leadership for rural and diverse populations. If it is approved, it will be the first to be held at the school since its establishment in 1893. Presently, the institution offers 10 different master's degrees.
The average salary for students who graduated with bachelor's degrees or higher in 2008 was $45,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. A postsecondary education may be able to help individuals advance their careers.