Research has proven the “traditional” college student is undergoing a transformation along with the “traditional” college experience.
In the past college classrooms were filled with young students who came directly from high school. Today things are different. More students are going straight to work out of high school or directly into a trade or trade school. More professionals are going back to schools to earn a degree or pursue another one after being laid off from a job. The collegiate landscape has definitely changed.
The “traditional” college experience had students living in dorms and taking full course loads of classes to graduate in four years. Now students are working full-time jobs to off-set the cost of an education and taking a few night courses or weekend classes. Some students are taking classes during winter break and over the summer to finish faster while others are exploring alternative options.
Schools like American InterContinental University offer students the option of bypassing the campus completely and earning an online degree.
Pursuing an online education is becoming a popular option and for good reason.
Ø Increased flexibility:
A benefit of online education is students have the option of doing assignments when their schedule permits it as long as the work is submitted by the deadline. Professionals tend to lean towards online classes because it gives them the flexibility needed to work full-time and do the required assignments when they can. With online classes you can work and take breaks as you see fit.
Ø Cross country education:
Another major benefit of online education is that location is irrelevant. A student living in San Diego can take courses at NYU without having to relocate across the country. The student would have to be conscious of the time difference to make sure submission deadlines are met but besides that there is no issue. Online education opens up a world of opportunity and choices for students to pursue undergraduate and graduate level degrees.
Ø Family matters
Online degree options are great for families with young children and single parents. Finding someone you trust to take care of your children while you attend classes can be difficult and costly. Having the option to take courses from home allows parents to take care of children first and do class work and studying at times that fit into their schedules.
Students at the “brick and mortar” colleges have to contend with students looking to take the same courses and dealing with the classes being closed due to capacity being reached. While online classes do have a cut-off point, classes being closed occurs less because more students are physically going to class.