dcsimg
You are here:

USA Today Recognizes Advances in Online College Technology

The popularity of online education has been growing tremendously over the past few years. With President Obama placing special emphasis on access to college as an asset for the workforce, more people are taking notice of the online college trend. Today, national newspaper USA Today took particular notice, highlighting the trend, its recent expansion, and new innovation within the field.

The trend is well needed, it seems. According to the article, college records in the United States are far from impressive. Of all adults in the United States, only 29% have a college degree -- relatively few, compared to other industrialized nations -- and only about 40% of those who start college actually make it to graduation. What's worse, rising education costs (at an average of 8% a year) do nothing to quell the dropout rate. The article also notes Obama's words at a recent speech, regarding the problem: "All along that education pipeline, too many people ... are slipping through the cracks. It's not only heartbreaking for those students; it's a loss for our economy and our country."

If undereducation is the problem, online education seems to be a good solution, and we aren't alone in the theory: statistics are showing marked increases in online education attendance. The article states, "Of more than 18 million U.S. college students, 3.9 million were enrolled in at least one online college course in fall 2007, an increase of 13% from 2006. Traditional on-campus enrollment increased 1% over that period." Moreover, those numbers were rising by as much as 20% in previous years. Online education is especially popular with older students. One of those is Janice Barnwell, a 44-year-old business degree candidate who was interviewed for the article. Like many, she was apprehensive at first about the limitations of taking courses online, but "it quickly changed for me because the interaction I had online with my classmates and professors felt real."

For now, according to some experts, interest in online education is starting to stagnate. Major breakthroughs have been made in some fields -- virtual laboratories, the article mentions, are doing worlds of good for students pursuing applied science degreeswithout the danger of chemicals in the field -- but such technology has yet to go mainstream, and some students are choosing to wait for virtual innovations. Until then, however, many students are happy for the convenience and flexibility provided by the technology we have now.

Search Schools

      
Matching School Ads
  • Full Sail University - Online

    Push Your Creativity To The Next Level

    Programs

    • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
    • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
    • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Full Sail University - Online Request Info »
  • Ashford University

    You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.

    Programs

    • AA/Early Childhood Education
    • BA/Early Childhood Education Administration
    • BA/Education Studies
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Ashford University Request Info »
  • Penn Foster

    Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.

    Programs

    • Home Health Aide
    • Security Guard
    • Veterinary Assistant
    • More...
    Location:
    Scranton: , Scranton PA 18515
    Penn Foster Request Info »
  • Animal Behavior College

    At Animal Behavior College (ABC), we're dedicated to helping animal lovers pursue animal careers.

    Programs

    • Cat Training
    • Veterinary Assistant
    • Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Animal Behavior College Request Info »
  • Platt College

    Turn your talents into a career at nationally recognized and accredited Platt College.

    Programs

    • Veterinary Technology Alternate Route - Certificate
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Veterinary Technology - Associates
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Platt College Request Info »
  • Capella University

    An accredited online university, Capella University offers bachelor’s, master’s/MBA, doctoral, and certificate programs designed to take you to the forefront of your profession.

    Programs

    • DBA - Global Operations and Supply Chain Management (ACBSP-accredited)
    • EdS - Teacher Leader in Digital Transformation
    • MS - Addiction Studies
    • More...

    Location: Online

    Capella University Request Info »
  • Keiser University Graduate School

    For over 35 years, Keiser University has maintained a practical, hands-on approach to career education to help our students achieve their personal and professional goals. 

    Programs

    • PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
    • Master of Science in Nursing
    • More...
    Location:
    Fort Lauderdale: 1500 W. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale FL 33309
    Keiser University Graduate School Request Info »
  • University of Southern California

    One of the world's leading private research institutions, the University of Southern California (USC) was founded in 1880.

    Programs

    • Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Urban Public Librarianship
    • Online Master of Management in Library and Information Science - Academic Librarianship
    • Master of Public Administration
    • More...
    Location:
    Los Angeles: , Los Angeles CA
    University of Southern California Request Info »
  • Norwich University - Online

    Earn your Master's degree online from Norwich University.

    Programs

    • Master of Public Administration Online
    • Master of Arts in International Relations Online
    • Master of Civil Engineering Online
    • More...
    Location:
    Northfield: 158 Harmon Dr,, Northfield VT 05663
    Norwich University - Online Request Info »
  • Rutgers University

    Founded in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher learning.

    Programs

    • Online Master of Social Work
    Location:
    New Brunswick: 57 U.S. 1,, New Brunswick NJ 08901
    Rutgers University Request Info »
  • Matching School Ads

    Quick School Search

    College & Career Search Tools

    • Careers: Unsure about your career path? Study profiles of hundreds of professions.

    • Interviews: Professors and deans sit down with our team to give you unique insights on college life.

    • Military Education: Find only Military friendly online schools and campuses.

    • Student Reviews: Know before you go. Read student reviews on over 2000 accredited colleges. Write your own experience.