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The Growth of Online Education Over the Last Decade

A down economy, a down stock market, a downturn in retail, consumer spending, and even family vacations.

Here’s something that’s on the rise: online education.

A new study from online education solutions partner The Learning House, Inc. says online education is not only up, it’s skyrocketing.

According to “Online College Students 2012: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,”* 14% of higher education students were enrolled in a fully online program, and 31% took at least one online course.

Interestingly enough, distance education dates back to the 19th century and the advent of the postal service. With the fairly recent arrival of computers and the internet, distance education quickly evolved into online education. Now, accredited online college degree programs have now been around for almost an entire generation.

But only recently is online learning truly becoming more mainstream, thanks to technology advances, lifestyle demands and, most importantly, the expansion of quality online education offerings at accredited online colleges and universities.

If you’re interested in online learning, check out the top eight reasons other students choose online degrees. If you’re on the fence, take a look at the profile of an average online student – it’ll help you decide if online learning is right for you.

Do you want more information about online degree programs? Get it here.

*Source: The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research, “Online College Students 2012: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences,” July 2012

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