Online schools are mushrooming everywhere these days, and it’s not that hard anymore to tell the genuine ones from the diploma mills. A number of online institutions have established strong brand names and reputations for themselves, and even with traditional brick and mortar big guns like MIT jumping on the online education bandwagon, it stands to reason that place-based higher education is losing the importance and prestige it once held.
The death of brick and mortar colleges will likely be long, slow, and painful, but here are ten reasons why we should consider speeding up the process and abolishing them right now:They’re way too expensive for most people. Unless you have enough money stashed away or come into an inheritance, you’re likely to find yourself deep in debt by the time you graduate.
- They set admission criteria that are overrated and totally unnecessary in order to earn an education.
- No matter what additional qualifications you may have, it’s your grades that finally matter when you seek admission into a brick and mortar college with a good reputation. So if you’re looking for a second chance, with the hope of turning your life around after goofing up in high school, traditional institutions don’t give you one.
- Online equivalents are just as good when it comes to quality and the only reason people hesitate to accept them is because traditional colleges were around first.
- Online education builds more character and infuses discipline into your life – you’re more motivated to succeed because you’re going to college for a particular reason and not just because it’s expected of you.
- Online education is the best way to take learning to the masses and make education affordable to all irrespective of their background and financial constraints.
- Online education does not discriminate on any basis – age, race, color, caste, culture – when it comes to admitting students. The sky is the limit when you choose to study online.
- Online education is flexible – you can choose to finish your degree as fast as or as slow as you like, you can earn while you learn, and you can schedule classes according to your convenience.
- Online education lets you do more in less time – you can take two or even more degrees simultaneously if you’re able to manage the course work and keep up with your assignments and lessons.
- Online institutions define the future of education – with our increasing reliance on technology and the dwindling supply of the world’s natural fuel reserves, very soon people are going to prefer to stay home and learn using their computers and the Internet.
This guest post is contributed by Carrie Oakley, who writes on the topic of online colleges. Carrie welcomes your comments at her email id: carrie.oakley1983(AT)gmail(DOT)com.
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