Universities recognize the value of MBAs and other online degrees

Universities recognize the value of online learning
Universities recognize the value of online learning

As the demand for online education increases, many colleges across the country are providing online MBA programs that they say are up to par with classroom-based programs, according to US News and World Report.

Many of these universities are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), which is the academic foundation of quality in a business school, according to the news source. In an effort to further ensure the quality of online education, some MBA programs use the same professors who teach on campus to run online classes.

The most popular reason university officials say they offer classes online is to increase student access to higher education, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Education. Other common reasons for adding internet courses were to attract students outside of the university's traditional area and to increase the rate of degree completion.

The survey shows that approximately 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one online class during the fall 2009 semester. This accounted for roughly one-third of college and university students.