Colleges continue to expand their online education programs

An increasing number of students are opting to earn their college degrees online.
An increasing number of students are opting to earn their college degrees online.

A study by Eduventures, a higher education consultancy, shows that the number of students who decide to complete their college degrees entirely online has been rapidly increasing. In 2001, only about 229,363 students chose to enroll in web-based courses of study. By 2009, this number had jumped to approximately 2.1 million, marking an 832 percent increase.

In order to give these students more online education options, colleges and universities across the country have been working to expand their web-based courses of study.

For example, officials from Capella University, a Minnesota-based online institution, recently announced that the school has added six additional programs for individuals who wish to complete web-based degrees. These courses of study include a master's in homeland security, two additional master's of business administration (MBA) concentrations, a reading and literacy bridge specialization and a PhD in addiction psychology.

Similarly, the University of North Carolina recently launched a new social science concentration for its online bachelor's degree program in liberal studies. School officials said that this course of study is ideal for working adults who want more flexible schedules while completing higher education.

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