The Changing Face of Higher Education

Jaime Dalbke

From August 2008...

Afraid that there might be some sort of stigma attached to taking college courses online, that they somehow will not count as "real" credits as opposed to ones earned in classrooms on campus? Think again.

Recent surveys have shown not only that online courses are growing in popularity, but also that employers consider them a valid background for continuing education. For example, one survey found that 85 percent of employers representing a variety of industries across the United States believe that online degrees are more accepted today than they were five years ago.

This attitude stems in part because online college courses fill a need to handle adult learners. Adult students over the age of 24 now account for roughly two out of every five students enrolled in degree-granting institutions. For those who are at least 30 years old in this group, they are likely to be married and have several children to raise. That situation makes time a valuable commodity, so the traditional avenue of attending class in person is not as appealing to them as working on the Internet whenever and wherever they desire. More importantly, many adult students say they are satisfied with the education they receive online as well. With ease of use and satisfaction for students and acceptability among their employers, online education is truly on the move.

As part of this changing face of higher education, we at StraighterLine (SL) are proud that we can offer high-quality required introductory courses through our online educational system. We offer a way to study our courses that is flexible for the needs of adult learners yet meets the requirements for transferring any credits earned to colleges and universities. Our prices are quite affordable as well - a flat rate of $399 per course.

The options offered by us at SL are plentiful and expanding as fast as the online education field continues to grow in popularity and acceptance. To learn more about them all, visit us at

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