As the demand for more postsecondary education grows from adults, online colleges are seeing an increase in enrollment. Many working professionals are attending internet-based schools in an effort to obtain a degree and further their careers.
Recently, Western Governors University (WGU) announced that its enrollment has tripled since beginning its online degree program six months ago. The school, which offers more than 50 accredited bachelor’s and master’s degrees, says that it has seen its enrollment numbers increase by approximately 100 students every month. More than 800 adults are now attending WGU in an attempt to earn a postsecondary education.
The credits available at WGU are based on the competency of its students, rather than the amount of time an individual spends interacting with colleagues and professors. Once a student is able to prove that they have gained enough knowledge to excel in their career field, they can finish their schooling to save time and money and tuition. This has become a viable option for distance learners who lack the financial means to pay for extended programs at traditional institutions.
The average salary for students who graduated with bachelor’s degrees or higher in 2008 was $45,000 per year, according to the U.S. Department of Education.