Online degree, online courses and distance learning schools in The United States


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Not so many years ago, the mere mention of an online education or degree was generally met with suspicion and even a few chuckles from those who were academically in the know—and for good reason.  The early history of online courses and degree programs in the United States was less than stellar, and typically consisted of a handful of non-accredited, so-called colleges and universities that would, in many cases, sell degrees to the highest bidder.  Never mind that these degrees were essentially worthless in terms of securing employment or advancement, there were still plenty of individuals out there who, in search of a symbol of status, lined up in droves to basically pay for the phony Master’s and Doctorate level diplomas to decorate their walls.

Those were the ugly days of online distance education in the United States, but fortunately, those days are now a thing of the past.  Due to the expansion and widespread availability of the Internet, most major colleges and universities in the U.S. have now begun to offer legitimate online courses leading to bachelor, Master’s and PhD-level degrees in almost every major field of study, from education to engineering.

While occasionally one of these “degree-mill” schools, as the illicit online schools were once called, will emerge in the search results for online education, most programs are now on the up-and-up and have gained a high level of respectability, largely due to the high quality of the programs they offer and the well-educated and prepared graduates they produce.

In 2011, a survey of major college and university faculty and administrators found that the number of students taking at least one online course in the U.S. had surpassed the 6 million mark, which means today over one-third of American students are taking at least one online course per year towards their respective degrees.  Other facts unearthed by this survey include:

•    The rate of growth in enrollment at online schools is ten times higher than the rate of growth at traditional schools.
•    Thirty-one percent of students now favor the online format/distance learning model of education over studying at regular brick and mortar schools.
•    In over 90 percent of academic disciplines at schools offering online courses, the number of students who choose to study strictly online is growing dramatically.
•    Academic leaders in the United States almost universally report that the level of student satisfaction in online courses is now equal to or greater than that of traditional school studies.
•    Close to 70 percent of all schools in the U.S. say that online courses are a major component in their long-term educational strategy.
•    The number of instructors skeptical about the quality and effectiveness of online education and online degrees is shrinking considerably.

Simply put, online education in the U.S. is not just growing, but flourishing, and is now an effective and extremely convenient educational option for students.  In other words, when a student now proclaims that he or she earned their degree either partially or wholly through online courses, the hearers of this proclamation no longer snicker and raise their eyebrows in suspicion, but rather nod their head in recognition of the achievement.


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Contact: Academy of Art University

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International Admissions Department, 79 New Montgomery Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA, The United States
The Academy of Art University is a private university owned by the Stephens Institute. The institution was established in San Francisco, California in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. Receiving about 18,000 students per year the Academy of Art University is the largest art and design school in the... See full description.
Contact: Accent Reduction Training Academy

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10900 Wilshire Boulevard , Los Angeles, CA, The United States
Accent Reduction Training Academy is an online academy that provides services to individuals who wish to enhance their personal and professional lives through receiving assistance in reducing their accent. The academy targets graduate students, doctors, pastors, business executives, tourists,... See full description.
Contact: Adams State College

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208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO, The United States
Adams State College is a small school in Alamosa, Colorado, USA, which first accepted students in 1923. Since then, it has grown from a teacher’s college to a respected liberal arts college. Furthermore, it was recently designated the Regional Education Provider for southern Colorado. The... See full description.
Contact: Amarillo College

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PO Box 447, Amarillo, TX, The United States
Amarillo college was established in 1929 as Amarillo Junior College, and currently operates as a two-year community college in Amarillo, Texas.
Contact: American InterContinental University Los Angeles

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12655 West Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, The United States
American InterContinental University Los Angeles was founded in 1970 and offers a diverse range of associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. These are focused on the fields that are most in demand in the current economy; they are interactive and highly customized. Students have the... See full description.
Contact: Atlantic International University

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AIU Admissions Office, 900 Fort Street Mall 40, Honolulu, HI, The United States
Atlantic International University describes itself as a non-traditional university, providing distance education to adult learners. The curriculum provided is flexible and highly individual for each student, while the concept of ‘self instruction’ is very much stressed. The university... See full description.
Contact: Azusa Pacific University

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901 E. Alosta Ave, Azusa, California, The United States
Azusa Pacific University is a private Christian university, situated near Los Angeles in suburban Azusa, California. The school was established in 1899 and currently welcomes about 5,000 students. Azusa Pacific University consists of one college and six schools. The academics programs are... See full description.
Contact: Bismarck State College

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1500 Edwards Avenue - PO Box 5587, Bismarck, ND, The United States
Bismarck State College is a community college in Bismarck, the capital city of North Dakota, USA. The school was founded in 1939 and offers two-year and four-year degree options. The types of educational offers include the following: transfer - first and second year of studies leading to a... See full description.
Contact: Boston University Summer Term

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755 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA, The United States
Boston University was established in 1839, and is an internationally recognized institution of world-class education and research, based in Boston, USA. More than 7,000 students from the United States and overseas take one of the school’s summer courses; these represent a great number of the... See full description.
Contact: Breyer State University

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6080 Center Drive 6th Floor, Los Angeles, CA, The United States
Breyer State University is a private, distance-learning institution, which was initially founded in Birmingham, Alabama. It is an unaccredited school, which as of September, 2010 lists an address in Los Angeles, California. Breyer State delivers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and associate... See full description.
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