January 25th, 2011
More distance learners are beginning to take advantage of online degree programs, such as stay-at-home moms and working professionals. Online classes give individuals the opportunity to create a flexible schedule that can enable them to earn a degree at their own pace.
As more traditional schools look to attract students, many are developing online degree programs. Recently, Vincennes University and Indiana University East (IU) created a partnership to increase in the enrollment in students seeking bachelor degrees, according to the Journal Gazette. Along with the IU School of Continuing Studies, the institutions are attempting to increase the number of students at the Vincennes Jasper campus.
IU plans to begin offering online bachelor's completion programs to Vincennes students who have earned or are currently working toward two-year associate's degrees. Business administration, mathematics and professional writing are all specializations that students will be able to expand upon by taking these online programs.
Approximately 4 million students nationwide were enrolled in online classes during the 2008 academic year, according to a report by the Babson Survey Research Group and the Sloan Consortium. Distance learners are continuing to take advantage of online degree programs.