Millions of people buy their music, stay in touch with friends, and find the best place to eat dinner online. So it should come as no surprise that online education and the number of Americans taking higher education courses on the Internet is booming, according to an informative new infographic released by Ashford University, a leader in innovative higher education.
More than 6.1 million Americans were enrolled in at least one online education course during the fall 2010 term, which was 560,000 more than the previous year’s online education count, according to the research. Online education enrollments are growing at a rate of 10%, far faster than the two-percent growth seen overall in higher education student populations, the analysis found.
Many students, such as those looking to change careers, working full-time jobs, or juggling family obligations while going back to school, may find that online education is a good fit for their needs. These students are free to focus on their studies independently and at a more flexible pace, without the many distractions commonly found on college campuses.