Monday, January 11, 2010

Boston Globe Highlights Online Ed in Massachusetts

Yesterday, an article in The Boston Globe featured students pursuing advanced degrees “online instead of on campus.”

The article cited numbers from the National Center for Education Statistics which projects that 18.3 million students will enroll in distance learning courses by 2013, up from 3.1 million in the 2000-01 academic year. The article also noted that nearly two-thirds of postsecondary schools offer courses online.

For example, the University of Massachusetts at Lowell has offered online programs since 1995 with more than 14,000 students in undergraduate and graduate online courses last year, an increase of 17 percent from 2008.

Northeastern University has 900 students enrolled in an MBA program and a master’s degree in finance program, among others. It will begin a master’s degree program online in accounting and taxation this year.

And the University of Phoenix, which has 200 campuses worldwide, now has two campuses in Massachusetts. Students may complete an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree online.

"Getting an advanced degree with classes over the Internet can help some balance work, school, and family," the article by Dave Copeland noted. "For others it is just a better fit."

To read the entire article, go to .