Santa Rosa, CA (PRWEB) July 30, 2010
In spite of well-publicized transgressions by a handful of for-profit online schools, statistics indicate that online education continues its upward surge, far outpacing the growth rate of traditional colleges and universities.
The significant growth of online school enrollment is heavily influenced by Latino and African-American students, two historically underrepresented groups in the traditional higher education community. While campus-based U.S. colleges and universities continue to shut out a majority of qualified non-Asian minority students, accredited online schools unequivocally extend an open door to those who meet eligibility requirements.
An article by Dr. Courtney Vien, "Reaching Out to the Minority Working Learner", illuminates the specific hurdles that many Latinos and African-Americans face while navigating the higher education maze. These include poverty, being the first in a family to attend college, supporting a spouse or children while pursuing a college degree, racial discrimination, lack of information about college admissions, and graduating from substandard high schools without adequate college preparation. Cultural and language barriers only add to the mix.
Blacks represent 6.7% of California's population, according to the U.S. census. Yet African-American students made up only 3% of incoming fall 2009 freshmen at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Latinos fared better at UCSD with a 15% enrollment - still less than half of their 36.6% representation in the general California population. This scenario is similarly played out in traditional schools across the nation.
University of Phoenix, the largest university in North America, reports that 27.5% of its bachelor's degree students in 2008 were African-Americans and 15.7% were Latino. Accredited online schools, like UOP, specialize in seeking educational, scheduling and counseling solutions that accommodate minority applicants. These non-traditional schools successfully compete with traditional colleges and universities by utilizing basic foundational business principles: They offer a high quality education at competitive tuition rates -- along with concierge-type counseling, guidance and support services.
DirectoryofSchools.com, a top provider of centralized online education information, makes it easier for all potential students to find the right online school for their budget and academic needs. The easy-to-navigate website includes listings of thousands of accredited online degrees, vocational programs, and other valuable information about studying online. And by simply filling out a form, potential students can receive a free packet of information directly from as many schools as they want.
Reputable online schools will continue to draw an increasing number of Latino, African American and other students who require a seamless education fit to accommodate their busy work and family schedules.
Since 1999, DirectoryofSchools.com has connected millions of potential students to accredited online degree programs. Directory of Schools is committed to excellence in providing up-to-date career information through partnerships with accredited online colleges, universities and vocational/trade schools that offer online degrees, diplomas and certificates. An in-house verification process reviews accreditation and/or relevant vocational industry standards for each online school, insuring that partner schools are reputable. In addition, comprehensive national directories of U.S. high schools, colleges and universities are available on the DirectoryofSchools.com website, along with an informative Education Blog, Military Education Guide and additional resources. Career-minded individuals need make only one cyber-stop for all e-learning needs.
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