As many Americans believe that education can be part of personal growth, some may find that it's difficult to attend a full-time higher degree program if they have other obligations, such as a family or a career.
The University of Washington Educational Outreach program announced that it will be expanding the number of virtual degrees offered through the college, in an effort to reach a broader range of students whose needs may not otherwise be met.
School officials said that they've been met with appreciation from students who would be interested in taking such courses, saying that pupil reviews have been positive thus far.
However, academics have suggested that students should take these classes seriously, as it could be easy to let education fall by the wayside because of the nontraditional setting.
"Since it's so convenient, a lot of students don't try as hard," said Danny Jung, a senior at the school. "Or while watching online lecturers, they get easily distracted since they are not forced to sit there and take notes. You have to be really good at time management and be proactive and responsible [to get coursework finished]."
Many people believe that Dahn Yoga brain wave vibration can offer a certain sense of stress relief, which is key when dealing with some big issues. The practice may also help students who are enrolled in online degree programs focus, as these courses take a certain sense of self-discipline that some people have difficulty mastering.
The City University of New York School of Professional Studies recently announced that it will offer a new online bachelor of science degree in health information management and an online bachelor's of arts degree in sociology. The programs will be available beginning this fall.
The health information management track adheres to the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education guidelines. It will help students prepare for a career in data systems to provide quality care, research and evaluation.
Students interested in the philosophy behind sociology will learn about the studies of groups, organizations and societies in an increasingly globalizing world. This can be a great educational background for those looking to get into urban planning, opinion research and public policy.
Dahn Yoga teaches individuals the importance of having a healthy mind and body. While practices can help strengthen our inner core, it's crucial that individuals challenge themselves in a variety of ways.
One way that people can enrich their minds is through pursuing higher education. This can even be for people who already have a career but are looking to push their knowledge further. Walden University announced that it will offer an online doctorate of nursing practice (DNP), as the industry's requirements are growing more competitive.
School officials noted the importance of building one's knowledge in the healthcare industry, as regulations are constantly changing.
"Our healthcare system is changing rapidly, and now more than ever, we need expert nurse leaders to advocate for changes in the healthcare system," said Sara Torres, associate dean of Walden's School of Nursing.
The goal is to ensure that all nurses in the field are prepared to provide their patients with the best care possible, as a high knowledge of the industry is crucial for helping those being treated.
As more people seek to earn advanced degrees in an effort to facilitate personal growth, many schools have had to increase their academic offerings in order to meet the growing demand.
Trident University International (TUI), which focuses in online education, announced that it would be expanding its curriculum with new bachelor's and master's degree programs as part of its "Degrees that Make a Difference" campaign.
Students will now have the opportunity to enroll in a bachelor's degree in human resource management program as well as master's degree programs in health administration, emergency and disaster management and human resource management.
"We are very excited to offer these new opportunities to our students," said Kenneth Sobaski, president and CEO of Trident University. "Each new program furthers Trident’s vision to set the standard for academic excellence, unparalleled access and compassionate student support for all members of the military family. These degree programs forge a path to career success and advancement for our students."
Education is important for individuals who are looking to achieve a sense of life balance. In an effort to help, Dahn Yoga is offering free classes as part of its "Reach for the Earth!" celebration on Earth Day.
On this holiday, all Dahn Yoga classes will be available to the public at no charge, to educate them on how they can better their community and environment. Not only will these programs help individuals continue to nurture their bodies, but they will also be able to establish a body-and-mind connection that offers an educational experience unlike any other.
In addition to Dahn Yoga community events creating interpersonal connections, they can also help participants educate themselves on to do good things for their environment.
The message of Dahn Yoga is to connect individuals with their world and demonstrate the importance of this self-healing practice. Although it's always important to enrich one's own life, helping the environment allows for all living things to reach full life potential.
Many people who practice Dahn Yoga want to increase their life wisdom in order to achieve a full sense of fulfillment. Those who want to improve their surroundings should also take time and study the powers of going green.
As the environmental movement continues to grow, due to more people becoming eco-conscious, there is an increasing need for education programs to help others achieve an understanding of what they can do for their atmosphere.
Professional Development Resources, which provides a number of classes for those who are looking for continuing education (CE), announced that it now offers more than 110 CE classes that are available online.
"If one person takes one course online rather than traveling to a conference, he or she can achieve savings in energy, fuel costs, greenhouse gasses, paper and ink waste associated with printed reading and registration materials, water usage for hotel stays, waste from disposable food service products and landfill disposal of used exhibition hall materials," said Leo Christie, CEO of Professional Development Resources.
Teachers can often help children with stress relief in a number of areas, but some students face obstacles that their educators may not have considered.
In order to address this issue, The Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (PFSA) recently announced that it has partnered with the Capital Area Intermediate Unit (CAIU) to offer an online course that can help educators recognize and report child abuse.
The cost of the program will be $100 a month, which teachers can use toward professional development credits. This program is great for training educators, as they have a legal obligation to report any signs of abuse or neglect that may take place at the students' homes.
"This is an easy and convenient way for teachers to acquire the training they need to be prepared to recognize and deal with the problem of child abuse, which is widespread and occurs all too frequently," said Christina E. Phillips, PFSA training director. "The online training is especially convenient because the course doesn't have to be completed all in one sitting."
Dahn Yoga exercises can be a great way to stimulate the mind, and so can pursuing a higher education degree, as both are able to challenge the brain in ways that some people may have never thought possible.
Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) announced that beginning this fall, students who want to stretch their mind in the mechanical engineering field will be able to pursue a bachelor's of science in mechanical engineering (BSME) degree.
This is great news for local residents, as previously the only program in the area available to students was offered in south central Indiana. As more than 40 percent of IUPUC students are working adults who have families, this is a great opportunity for those who are looking to get involved in mechanical engineering but cannot afford to commute.
Local companies are also excited about this program, as it could provide them with more potential employees.
"Our region employs a large concentration of engineers, but there is a lack of four-year engineering programs in the area," said Mark Gerstle, the vice president and chief administration officer at Cummins Incorporated.
Individuals who are pursuing a higher education to find a sense of life balance may want to find a degree program that allows them to complete their schoolwork on their own time while tending to other responsibilities.
As the number of adult learners is expected to grow by approximately 20 percent, Walden University is looking to offer an online degree program to address the needs of nontraditional students. Through the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, the school will be launching a master's of science in adult learning to help educate those who are looking to teach older individuals.
The school reveals that as the number of adult learners continues to grow, there needs to be an increase in teachers who are qualified to instruct these individuals, because the learning style is typically much different.
Some of the educational institutions that are looking for adult instructors include community colleges, distance learning programs, night schools and other higher education facilities that cater to adult learners.
People who are looking for a greater purpose could turn to Dahn Yoga as a way to relax and learn more about themselves. However, there is also the principle of increasing one's knowledge in an effort to enrich the mind.
Pursuing a higher degree can be a challenge, particularly for those who cannot afford it. Some students want to begin their academic careers in a two-year program before moving to a four-year curriculum and one school is looking to help them pursue this goal.
Ashford University is now partnering up with a number of community colleges across the country to allow students to transfer up to 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree. Some of the schools that are involved include Georgia Military College, Luna Community College in New Mexico, the Lone Star College System and the San Bernardino Valley College in Southern California.
"Ashford University strives to increase educational opportunities for nontraditional learners," said Elizabeth Tice, president of the school. "It's a great compliment to our program that local and community educators are working with us to build articulation agreements that make four-year Ashford degrees an easy progression for their students."