The nature of education is changing rapidly. Since the rise of the Internet a little more than a decade ago, the number of opportunities to receive a formal education online has increased dramatically. Today, hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States alone offer degree-granting programs wholly online, enabling anyone with an Internet connection to graduate from college without ever setting foot on a campus.
With the rapid increase in the number of opportunities available come several challenges:
- Which colleges are legitimate?
- Which colleges offer the best education?
- Will employers accept my online degree as valid?
- What is the value of my education?
Despite the fact that online degree programs have been around for over a decade now, formal online education is still in its infancy; much information is still unclear about online education. In the pursuit of answering some of these questions and clearing up the bigger picture of formal online education, we at OEDb have recently published our Online College Rankings 2007.
Our system ranks the top 21 colleges that offer most, if not all, of their undergraduate degree-granting programs online. This year’s top finisher is Grand Canyon University. It is our hope that these rankings will begin to shed a little light on the value of online education. Our goal is to perform this study annually. For more information, please visit our Online College Rankings Overall Results or read about our methodology.