Report Details Need for More Online Degree Programs
Posted Monday, Dec 17, 2012 by
The American economy needs more workers with bachelor’s degrees. And one of the best ways to fill that need is with online education, so states a new report from Complete College America (CCA), a Washington, D.C.-based education organization sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In its most recent report, CCA reported the following:
- By 2018, 62 percent of all jobs in the U.S. will require a college degree.
- Of those jobs, more than half will require at least a bachelor’s degree.
- Most students take much longer to complete their programs than they initially anticipate. Most full-time students take 4.7 years to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Most full-time students take 3.3 years to complete a simple one-year certificate/diploma program.
- The key reason students take so long to finish school is because they need to work and/or take care of their families at the same time.
- Online education can increase the number of students getting their degrees on schedule.
How Online Education Boosts Completion Rates
According to the CCA report, 75 percent of college students juggle their studies with jobs, families and commutes. (Fewer students now live on-campus than in past decades.) Online education can benefit these students by:
- Allowing them to take classes when it is convenient, including weekends.
- Eliminating commuting times.
- Allowing students to take classes from schools that may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
The number of online students is growing rapidly. More than 6.1 million students in the United States took at least one class online in 2010, up from 1.6 million in 2006, according to the report, “Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States.”
Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree from Everest University Online
If you’d like to earn a bachelor’s degree but are already working or have family obligations, consider earning your degree from Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Everest University Online offers you the freedom and flexibility to take classes during the evening, on weekends or whenever else your schedule allows. There’s zero commuting time, yet you’ll still enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow online classmates.
Currently Everest University Online offers bachelor’s degree programs in:
- Applied Management
- Computer Information Science
- Criminal Justice
- Homeland Security
For more information on how you can earn your online bachelor’s degree at your own pace and on your own schedule, contact Everest University Online today.
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
The bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security is not available in Alabama, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The bachelor’s degree in Paralegal is not available in Arkansas.
Complete College America, http://www.completecollege.org/
ECampus News, “More students, adults turning online for college degrees,” http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/more-students-adults-turning-online-for-college-degrees/
“Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States 2011”, http://www.onlinelearningsurvey.com/reports/goingthedistance.pdf