Study Shows Online Education Enrollment is Up 17 Percent: Schools.com Launches Online Student Resources to Help

The nonprofit group, The Sloan Consortium, announced that over 4.6 million students took at least one online course during the fall 2008 term, a 17 percent increase over the previous year. In response to this increased interest in virtual learning, Schools.com, a one-stop-shop site for online education programs, announced the launch of free online student resources, including a downloadable 58-page "Insider's Guide to Online Education" and an informative video section.

"Despite the fact that more and more students are enrolling in online programs, there is still confusion and myths about earning a degree online," general manager of Schools.com Gad Alon said. "Our goal with the Insider's Guide to Online Education and our online videos is to provide free, reliable resources that address common concerns. We want to help people find the information they need to weigh all of their education options."

The Insider's Guide to Online Education includes:

  • An in-depth look at how online education can help combat the recession 
  • A discussion of the changing perceptions and credibility of online degrees 
  • An interview with a forensic accountant who earned her master's degree online
  • Frequently asked questions about online degree programs

This extensive guide aims to help those who are still unsure whether online education is the best route for them.  by providing a collection of in-depth case studies, along with interviews with professors and online students, potential online students will have access to facts, figures and first-hand accounts when making important educational and career decisions.

The Video Resource Section includes:

  • Interview with Carlton Fitzgerald, Ed.D, Associate Dean of Education and Associate Professor of Education at New England College
  • Interview with a working professional who currently takes online classes
  • Candid perspectives from professors and students about the advantages of online education, a typical assignment and more

"There is no doubt that the number of students enrolling in online education courses is exploding," said Seth Restaino, Schools.com spokesperson. "With more than 1 in 4 higher education students taking at least one course online, it is crucial to provide free, reliable resources that address common concerns. This downloadable guide is an effective tool available to coach people of all ages who are weighing their educational options."


For more information on Schools.com and "The Insider's Guide to Online Education" contact Breanne Cooley at  bcooley@quinstreet.com.