Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) November 20, 2006
Like a scene from a science fiction movie, the exodus of backpack-wearing, duffel-bag-toting students is on the horizon. Heading home for the holidays in droves, college students will soon be packed into airports like bees on a honeycomb.
For most of us, the fast-paced journey into the holiday season is a mixture of joy and stress. The combination of less daylight, difficult weather and increased traffic creates additional challenges on the road. But for online degree students, there is one less place to travel to (or from) during this hectic time - the campus classroom.
Online degree students are drifting toward a calmer, more tranquil holiday season, reports DirectoryofSchools.com, the mega-provider of web-based educational information. Relaxing in a comfortable chair at home while completing assignments, taking advantage of off-peak travel days and discounts, being first in line for holiday jobs, and having no conflicts regarding class attendance are just a few of the perks. The flexibility of online degree programs is remarkable; and more people are catching the wave of interest in this educational option.
Currently, over 3.2 million students are enrolled in online classes at the college level, according to the recently-released Sloan Consortium 2006 report, Making The Grade. The past several years have revealed significant growth in the number of students who have chosen online education. This year, the figures increased at least 800,000 over numbers in the 2005 report. Since 2,200 colleges and universities participated in this latest study, these finding are particularly meaningful.
DirectoryofSchools.com, has assisted millions of students in exploring online degree options. With more than 1,300 schools in its massive clearinghouse, plus additional resources and information, there is no better place to browse and explore the possibilities of online education. The growth of enrollment in online schools is keeping pace with the increase in laptop computer sales, lower laptop computer prices and the installation of wireless internet in abundant public locales. With a computer, a modem and an internet connection, students can train for their dream job and increase their marketable skills.
According to the US Department of Education, over 17 million college students are enrolled in American degree-granting colleges and universities. During the holidays, many of them head home for a brief respite from the pressures of college life. Most are restricted to specific travel dates and can spend limited time with their families. Others have made a different choice in education. They have chosen an online degree program, mainly for its flexibility and perks. Now is the time to make educational plans for next year, and to decide whether to join the ranks of those who have found a major key to experiencing the peace and joy of the holiday season.
Since 1999, DirectoryofSchools.com, has connected over 21,000,000 potential students to accredited online schools and e-learning information. More than 8,000 online degree and professional certificate programs in over 1,600 schools represent the commitment of DirectoryofSchools.com to excellence in online education through its partnerships with universities, colleges and trade schools. DirectoryofSchools.com strives to insure that its partner schools are reputable by utilizing an in-house verification process which reviews accreditation or vocational industry standards relevant to each school. In addition, a comprehensive national directory of high schools in the United States is available on the DOS website, along with homework help and numerous other resources. Career-minded individuals need make only one cyber-stop for all of their distance learning needs.