In less than two decades, online learning has become a force in higher education. Once dominated by for-profit institutions, public and private two- and four-year schools have made online degree programs a major part of their curricula. A 2013 study by LearningHouse and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) revealed that at least 50% of private institutions and more than 80% of public universities offer at least one full online degree program. Further evidence of the growing demand for online degrees lies in data from the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2012, an estimated 2.6 million students enrolled in a fully online degree program in 2012, and 5.5 million students took at least one online class.

To help students better understand the customization and flexibility, ACO has created its new Guide to Online Degrees from Not-for-Profit Schools, which you can find here: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/

This new tool features a ranking of which online degrees offer students the highest Return on Investment, an expert Q&A as well as student profiles. Our hope is that by organizing the wealth of information about online degree programs we can help learners of all ages make the most informed decision about their future.

I hope this information helps! Please let me know if you have any questions. Otherwise, have a great day and a wonderful week as well!


David Osnoe
Director, Community Outreach & Partnerships
Affordable Colleges Foundation

Posted April 8, 2015

My name is Cheri Shallenberger with Degree Explorer -
We focus extensively on helping students research higher education and labor trends in the higher education & social sciences sectors.

We recently updated our Education Guides to help job seekers, professionals, and students understand the changing landscapes of these programs and their impact on careers and employment. You can view the guides here:

- https://www.collegedegreesonline.com/

- https://www.socialworkdegrees.org/

Posted August 8, 2020