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Hybrid and Online Degree Programs: Making Education Accessible

Universities and online colleges in Kansas help provide the state's nearly 3 million residents with a number of options when it comes to pursuing a higher education. Overall, more than 100 public and private schools exist in the state to help students pursue an education. These include universities, community colleges, technical institutions, and even specialty schools focused on teaching subjects like real estate and taxidermy, according to the Kansas Board of Regents (kansasregents.org).Students interested in exploring all the schools and institutions based in Kansas offering online & campus-based programs can explore the map below

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However, since many of the campus-based schools are located in the Topeka area or the town of Lawrence (home to the University of Kansas), students living in rural areas may find it difficult to access schools that are built upon a brick-and-mortar tradition. A remedy for this challenge could be for residents to pursue online degrees in Kansas. These degree programs offer a level of flexibility that may be advantageous to those trying to balance their education with a full-time job or a family.

Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Public831337
Private nonprofit24161017
Private for-profit1016311

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Lawrence91,30525,29327.70 percent 52.9 percent
Manhattan55,76920,51636.79 percent 50.2 percent
Overland Park181,46412,4436.86 percent 58.1 percent
Olathe131,5088,9026.77 percent 45.8 percent
Kansas City148,8557,9015.31 percent 15.8 percent
Pittsburg20,3825,19925.51 percent 33.6 percent
Emporia24,7394,28017.30 percent 26.1 percent

Online Schools in Kansas Help Meet Occupational Demand

Several occupations are predicted to experience an upswing in the next several years, according to the Kansas Labor Information Center (klic.dol.ks.gov). For example, between 2010 and 2020 a significant increase in the amount of jobs in the education field is expected to occur. This includes a 16.2 percent forecasted increase in preschool education jobs, and a 17.1 percent increase in elementary and secondary school jobs in Kansas. Kansas State University (dce.k-state.edu) is helping education professionals continue their training by offering several online degrees in Kansas at the master's degree level. Available through the school's College of Education, these programs focus on academic advising, digital teaching and educational leadership.

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private for-profit2 - 11
Private nonprofit3 - 13
Public3 - 33

Similarly, the Kansas Labor Information Center estimates that the amount of jobs available in the field of nursing instruction will increase. From 2010 to 2020, jobs for nursing instructors and teachers in Kansas are projected to increase by 23.8 percent. In order to train nursing professionals for these new jobs, Fort Hays State University (fhsu.edu) offers an online master's degree program in nursing education. The program includes research and an apprenticeship, as well as core and education nursing programs offered online.

Distance Learning Benefits for Working Professionals in Kansas

Several schools around Kansas offer online degrees designed to help working professionals advance in their careers. For example, Friends University (learnonline.friends.edu) offers online master's degree programs in a number of fields, including management of information systems. Many of the school's online programs allow students to complete their coursework quickly if they desire, and are geared toward meeting the needs of nontraditional students. They can also help adults meet the state's workforce needs. In Kansas, jobs for computer and information systems managers are expected to grow by 18.7 percent from 2010 to 2020, according to the Kansas Labor Information Center.

For those wishing to make a career change, Washburn University (washburn.edu) offers an online certificate in diagnostic medical sonography. Classes are offered entirely online, which can increase convenience for those already working as a professional in another career. Also, the school has offered a certificate through distance learning for 11 years, suggesting some level of success. Jobs for diagnostic medical sonographers (usually requiring a certificate or associate degree, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) are projected to grow 43.2 percent in Kansas from 2010 to 2020, according to the Kansas Labor Information Center.

Industries for Job Growth in Kansas

As of December 2012, there were approximately 1.4 million working professionals in Kansas, according to the employment information compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The agency reports that many of these workers, about 254,000 people, are employed in government jobs. Other popular industries in Kansas include the transportation and utility industries (employing more than 251,000 people), education and health services (employing more than 187,000 people), manufacturing (employing more than 167,000 people), and professional and business services (employing more than 162,000 people).

Several online colleges in Kansas have degree programs to help students prepare for jobs that are expected to be created in coming years. Jobs for radiation therapists are expected to grow by 20.2 percent in Kansas from 2010 to 2020, according to the Kansas Labor Information Center. Jobs for counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists are predicted to grow 21.5 percent in Kansas from 2010 to 2020. Online bachelor's and master's degree programs in social work are offered through Washburn University.

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Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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21st Century eSchool
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
7106 South Avenue
City
Middleton
State
WI
Zip Code
53562
Website
http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
21st Century Virtual Academy
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1829 Denver West Drive #27
City
Golden
State
CO
Zip Code
80401
Website
http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Academy Online High School
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
City
Colorado Springs
State
CO
Zip Code
80920
Website
http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
ACCESS Distance Learning
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36130
Website
http://accessdl.state.al.us/
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
Alabama A & M University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
4900 Meridian Street
City
Normal
State
AL
Zip Code
35762
Website
www.aamu.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
383-470
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-480
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
370-457
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,505
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
65%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
19
Number of Online Programs Offered
2
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
15%
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
Administration Bldg Suite 1070
City
Birmingham
State
AL
Zip Code
35294
Website
www.uab.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-630
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
520-668
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
11,511
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,766
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
13
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
67%
Amridge University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1200 Taylor Rd
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36117
Website
www.amridgeuniversity.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
308
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$50
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
0
In-State Tution & Fees
$10,860
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
10
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
100%
University of Alabama in Huntsville
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
301 Sparkman Dr
City
Huntsville
State
AL
Zip Code
35899
Website
www.uah.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
520-650
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
550-680
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
24-30
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
6,013
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admissions Rate
81%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,128
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
12%
Alabama State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
915 S Jackson Street
City
Montgomery
State
AL
Zip Code
36104
Website
www.alasu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
370-450
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
360-460
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
16-19
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,764
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admissions Rate
46%
Offers On-Campus Housing
1
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,720
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
4
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Alabama System Office
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
500 University Blvd. East
City
Tuscaloosa
State
AL
Zip Code
35401
Website
www.uasystem.ua.edu
Test Scores
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
-
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
-
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
-
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
0
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$
Admissions Rate
0%
Offers On-Campus Housing
-1
In-State Tution & Fees
$0
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
0
Number of Online Programs Offered
-
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
0%
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