Arizona’s use of online education on a widespread scale can be traced back to 1998, with the founding of Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning, a free charter school offering K-12 distance learning programs that have received approval from the Arizona Department of Education. This state has passed a wide range of legislation regarding online instruction standards, including section 15-808, which defines Arizona’s online instruction services, availability, and reporting procedures. Additionally, in 2006, the Arizona State Senate Bill 1512 established the Arizona E-Learning Task Force, which works with the Board of Education to oversee online curriculum development, implementation, delivery, and funding.
Unfortunately, Arizona was one of four states to double tuition and fees at public four-year institutions between 2006-2012. While $3 million was allocated from the state’s general fund in 2006 for the E-Learning Task Force’s middle school online learning pilot program, Arizona’s financial climate doesn’t seem to bode well for online studies at post-secondary levels. The state appropriation budget for higher education has become significantly tighter, with funds dipping by -31.9% within the same time frame.
Learn more about the availability of online colleges and programs in Arizona by looking through our extensive database. Also, don’t forget to check out the state facts tab below to see how these academic institutions perform compared to national averages.