Campus-based schools pair with online education institutions to help distance learners
Distance learning may be an excellent option for students who are trying to balance full-time work and a family. Individuals who pursue advanced degrees may be better qualified for higher paying positions in the workforce. As a result, many seek to improve their job skills through bachelor's-level and grad school coursework.
If students find they no longer have the luxury to attend classes on campus, the opportunity to transfer their traditional college credits to an online degree program may prove attractive.
One campus-based higher education institution has paired with an online university to serve precisely this student demographic. Sacramento City College (SCC), based in San Francisco, California, has recently joined with Ashford University to allow SCC students to more easily complete online degrees.
SCC students will be able to transfer up to 90 of their academic credits towards their online bachelor's degree program. Ashford University's director of academic partnerships Mark Young pointed out that "articulation agreements with stalwart local educators like Sacramento City College provide a direct path to four-year degrees for a broad selection of nontraditional students."
According to Reuters, one in four U.S. students are currently enrolled in a college course online. Moreover, nearly eight in 10 students enrolled in online courses are working toward bachelor's degrees, as a Babson-Sloan study reports.