January 14th, 2011
Many individuals who did not have the chance to finish their postsecondary education aspire to return to school. However, working a full-time job can make it difficult for an individual to attend classes at a traditional institution. Online colleges allow individuals to create flexible course schedules, giving students the opportunity to work toward a degree at their own pace.
Recently, Ashford University held its third graduation ceremony of the year at its campus in Clinton, Iowa. More than 8,200 students attended the ceremony to receive their degrees, and 98 percent of the graduates had completed their schooling through online courses. Approximately 340 associate's degrees, 6,000 bachelor's degrees and 1,800 master's degrees were handed out at the event.
"At Ashford, we believe in higher access to high-quality higher education," said Ashford University president, Jane McAuliffe. "Our dramatic increase in graduates demonstrates that nontraditional students – from working moms to military war veterans from across the nation and beyond – are increasingly successful in furthering their education and earning their college degrees through online education."
Online education enrollments now surpass traditional college enrollments by a five-to-one ratio, according to the Sloan Consortium.