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.
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."
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."