Essay about Online Courses For College Students

789 Words Oct 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Over the years, universities have changed the types of courses they offer to accommodate their students and to help keep their enrollment count up. According to U.S. News, more than 6.7 million students took at least one online course through a university during the fall of 2011. That is 32 percent of total higher education enrollment. That number was up from roughly 6.1 million students the prior year. Students want more options and universities are answering that demand. In 2002, just 32.5 percent of colleges offered online degrees compared to 62.4 percent in 2012. Not everyone is convinced that online is the way to go. In another article from U.S. News, they say that a five-year study in 2011 that tracked 51,000 students from Washington State community, and technical college found that students that took higher proportions of online courses were less likely to earn degrees or transfer to a four-year college. The students are unprepared to learn, manage their time, and had failed to master the basics of math and English. There are many likenesses and differences between the online and traditional course, and a few of them are the costs, convenience, and self-discipline. Tuition costs are usually higher for traditional courses than for online courses. The traditional course usually requires the students to buy textbooks and other materials like paper, pens, special notebooks, workbooks, etc. Unless the student lives on campus, they have transportation expenses as well. If…

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