The wave of the future is an online college education! There has been a steady increase in adults returning to school – from 28% in 1970 to 39% in 2006
(Statistics may be found at eLearners.com). Online education participants are the largest group earning online degrees. Below is a summary of degree types, degree levels, and majors, along with “10 Predictions for Online Education in 2007.”
Four Levels of Online Education College Degrees:
Types of Online Education College Degrees & Majors:
Arts & Humanities Degrees: Liberal Arts, Humanities, Design, Writing, Communications, English
Business & MBA Degrees: MBA, Management, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance, Accounting
Computers & I.T. Degrees: Information Technology, Web Design, Networks, Technology Management
Education & Teaching Degrees: K-12, Early Childhood, Administration, Special Education, Curriculum/Instruction
Health & Nursing Degrees: Nursing, Psychology, Counseling, Health Administration, Human Services
Science & Engineering Degrees: Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Aviation
Social Science Degrees: Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Law, Psychology, Public Administration, Political Science
Some careers require only associate degrees (equivalent to the first two years of a college education). These include: physical therapist assistants, dental hygienists, forensic technicians, veterinary technologists and technicians, diagnostic medical sonographers, occupational therapist assistants, cardiovascular technologists and technicians, paralegals and legal assistants. Considering that only a two year degree is required for these jobs, they are well-paid and respected.
10 Predictions About Online Education in 2007
1. Online education programs will continue to grow and expand. More programs will be offered online to earn online degrees and those programs currently offered will grow to include additional areas of study.
2. Technology will advance. Technology is continually improving and replacing older technologies. More options will gradually become available to students as online education access speeds up – such as online access to evaluations of their homework, etc.
3. Costs will decrease. As more online education programs evolve, competition will increase, and costs to students will decrease.
4. New degree programs will develop. New degree programs, related to online education will develop. Such programs might include: online student counseling, online education site debate/discussion host, etc.
5. More students will enroll in online education programs. Each year the enrollment in programs continues to increase and will continue to do so. More than 1.6 million students took at least one online course in 2002. In 2003, 1.9 million students took online courses. In 2004, more than 2.3 million students enrolled. In 2005, the number of online learners increased to almost 3.2 million students. (Source: Making the Grade: Online Education in the United States, 2006, Sloan Consortium)
6. Specialized programs will begin to emerge. Special online programs for students with learning disabilities will begin to emerge to encourage these students to attend online education programs.
7. Attitudes toward higher education will begin to change. The general public will soon see degree programs as accessible to the average person, rather than just the highly intelligent.
8. The time to obtain a degree will shorten. It will take less time to obtain a degree as students will be able to work year-round, at any time of the day or night, transfer courses from other programs, and earn course credit by challenge exams. Two years is generally the minimum amount of time in which degree programs can be completed, although this varies, based on any time off between courses and previous classroom work. Many students complete a degree in two to three years, but it can take four or five years or more, depending on the pace. The more credits transferred, the faster the degree will be completed. You can earn credits from professional training, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or previous college courses. (Source: www.uopxworld.edu., “Frequently Asked Questions”)