Accelerated Degree Programs Heat Up the Online Education Scene

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WAYNESBORO, Va., July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Students want accelerated degrees and colleges and universities are listening. Accelerated degree programs are cropping up online in more diversity and number each year. These programs allow students to quickly and conveniently complete their degree while they work full time, one of the number one selling points of the accelerated, online format. From associate's to bachelor's to master's degrees, the picking online is quite impressive. According to the Sloan Consortium, over 6.7 million students took at least one online course in the fall term, which is a massive increase over the year before. Colleges and universities are responding to this demand by bringing their impressive, accredited, and ranked programs online.

More Colleges and Universities Offering Accelerated Programs and Courses

Some of the top names in education are now offering either fully accelerated programs or accelerated courses. And almost all colleges and universities now offer online courses to their students. The Sloan Consortium found that 32% of students at the higher education level are enrolled in at least one online course. The reality is that when online courses are offered, students enroll in them. By offering online courses in an accelerated format, institutions attract a new demographic of student. Students who wouldn't otherwise have access to a college education can now enroll in classes online. This diversifies a school's student population and benefits everyone in the long run.

Choosing a program that offers accelerated courses or fully accelerated degrees is high on the list of priorities for some students when searching for an online degree. Students will pass up a program if it will take them longer than they can afford or are willing to dedicate. In order to avoid losing business (since education is often viewed as a business endeavor these days), colleges and universities must respond to student demands. Even at institutions that aren't yet ready to offer fully accelerated degree programs, transfer credit requirements are opening up so that students can earn credit in other ways (through national exam scores and life experience, for example) to help individually accelerate their degree.

Advantages and Benefits of Accelerated Programs

Accelerated degree programs are popular because they enable students to complete their courses and degree faster, putting them on the job market to achieve their career goals quicker than their peers. Interviewing a full year before the competition gives accelerated degree holders a huge edge when it comes to landing the job they really want. In any economy, time is money, and many students are no longer willing to give up years of their life studying for a degree.

Speaking of money, accelerated programs can also be huge money-savers for students. Not only do they usually pay less overall for their degree by bypassing additional semesters of fees and tuition, but they also have their degree in hand faster and can start in higher paid positions with that degree. Plus, online accelerated degree programs make it possible for students to remain at work full time. By taking their courses online, students don't have to give up a substantial amount of salary money to start or go back to school.

Degrees Offered at All Levels

Both accelerated associate's and bachelor's degrees are in abundance online. For example, accelerated online RN to BSN programs have been around and popular for a while. These programs are designed for registered nurses to quickly obtain their bachelor's degree in order to boost their nursing careers.Other similar accelerated bachelor's degrees have also become popular and are designed in a similar way. These degree programs attract students who want to finish their bachelor's degree because they hold an associate's degree or already have some college credit from a previous program.

If a program is fully accelerated, even students with no prior college experience will be enticed to apply, which is why colleges and universities have started offering and marketing accelerated degree programs. Some of the most popular accelerated bachelor's degrees online are:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science and Information Technology/Systems
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice

These accelerated programs are not just for undergraduates or students with little to no prior college experience. Graduate students are also reaping the benefits of accelerated education online. Accelerated master's degree programs in a variety of  fields are now offered online. Some of the most popular of these programs include:

  • MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • M.Ed. (Master of Education)
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Psychology
  • MSN (Master of Science of Nursing)
  • Religion

You can even find accelerated PhD programs online if you're looking to really advance your career. Institutions now offer all levels of education through accelerated formats to suit everyone's budget, work/family situation, and career aspirations.

Accelerated-Degree.com Pairs Students with Accelerated Programs

The website accelerated-degree.com is helping students manage all of the online accelerated degree choices. Accelerated-Degree.com provides search tools, blog posts, and in depth articles to match students with accelerated and online programs as well as prepare them to begin their higher education journey. Accelerated-Degree.com is an interactive and highly informative website that is helpful to future or current students enrolled in accelerated programs online. It is a resource that gives students access to information about specific degrees and career options so that they can choose the degree program that is best suited to their interests and career goals. All the information an online student seeking an accelerated degree could want is presented in one, easy to navigate place at accelerated-degree.com.

Media Contact: Joy Miller, Accelerated Degree, 855-559-9888, contact@accelerated-degree.com

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