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Disparate state rules plague online education
College regulators say state accreditation requirements should be uniform before a national standard is developed. A patchwork of state rules for accrediting colleges and universities -- some more lax than others -- remain a roadblock for a national standard that online school officials have lobbied for since the early 1980s.

Administrators from web-based colleges came to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13 for an annual gathering that focused on how the growing online-education field can navigate--and someday simplify--the complex process of securing accreditation in states nationwide.

Assault on Online Learning? Not Really.
“A largely unnoticed assault upon the nation’s vibrant market in online learning” is how Rick Hess, writing for the National Review Online, characterizes the Obama Administration’s proposal to spend $500 million over ten years to develop online high school and college courses. Hess argues that there is already a robust private market and invokes the standard “government take-over” bogeyman...

Online Degrees Becoming More Accepted
Employers are viewing online degrees more favorably, reports Industry Market Trends. Reuters reported that online education grew 13 percent last year, and nearly one-quarter of students now take some online college courses. Adult, mid-career professionals, in particular, are participating in online learning.

Although there is still a stigma attached to online education, acceptance of online learning is growing, and many corporations are hiring applicants with online degrees or providing tuition reimbursement for online programs.

A survey of human resources professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 76 percent view online university degrees more favorably today than they did five years ago. In addition, 58 percent of respondents said individual courses taken through online universities are as credible as traditional university courses.

Kaplan University Delray Beach office
The online university, a subsidiary of the Washington Post Co., will use the space for face-to-face support for students, Kaplan University spokeswoman Caitlin Tridle said. That includes admission, financial aid and some in-person learning to supplement its online courses. “It is designed to gradually introduce our programs to students who are new to the online learning model,” Tridle said.

Public universities explore the online edu world
Many public universities have offered online distance learning options for some time now, including the University of Massachusetts, Penn State World Campus and the University of Maryland – yet Colorado State University, Global Campus is the only 100% online, independent campus thriving at a public university today. ...

New Purdue scholarship to help urban students from Indiana, Illinois
Purdue University will reward student leaders from urban areas in Indiana and Illinois with a new scholarship announced by the university on Friday (Oct. 2, 2009). The Emerging Urban Leaders Scholarship program is made possible by a $6 million anonymous gift Purdue received in April 2009. The new scholarship, which is part of the university’s Access and Success Campaign, will offer $5,000 to select Indiana students from the Indianapolis Public Schools district and public schools in Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. Students from Chicago Public Schools Corporation also can qualify for a $15,000 scholarship.

Benefits of an Online University Degree Program
An online university degree program is a great way to earn a degree without interrupting your life. You can learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home. You’ll also save money on things like gas and parking passes. Are you still trying to decide if an online degree program is right for you? Here are some of the benefits of attending an online university: ..

RN to BSN Online University
Current registered nurses are choosing online RN to BSN programs for a variety of reasons. An RN to BSN online university offers associate degreed registered nurses a flexible way to pursue a bachelor degree. Online education gives students the opportunity to participate in and complete coursework from the comfort of their own home.


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