January 27th, 2011
As more working professionals look for ways to obtain a degree, online colleges are growing in popularity. Internet-based schools allow students to create a flexible class schedule that caters to their daily lives.
Buena Vista University (BVU) director Kaylyn Pick stopped teaching 12 years ago, according to the Le Mars Daily Sentinel. Four years later, she was inspired to work with students again, but this time, Pick wanted to begin offering online courses at BVU.
"Most of the students I work with at our location online are adult learners," she told the news source. "They are nontraditional students by the definition that many of them have a job, many have families and are over the typical college-age student."
Throughout the six terms of the school year, BVU offers a number of internet-based classes for distance learners who cannot make it to courses on campus. The school hires nearly 100 online teachers per year year to accommodate the growing number of students who are interested in earning a degree over the internet.
A new Babson-Sloan report revealed that one in four students are enrolled in at least one online course. Furthermore, a majority of postsecondary educational institutions say that offering online classes and degree programs is crucial for their long-term success.