ERIC Number: ED483329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Using Your Distance Education To Earn an Academic Degree
Distance Education and Training Council
In 2000, 43 percent of undergraduates were of nontraditional college age (24 years or older). Eighty percent were employed, including 39 percent who were employed full time. Today, experts believe that nearly three out of four adults are taking some kind of training. This increase is due in part to the growing number of programs that provide an alternative to the traditional classroom approach. These programs and increased access to information about educational opportunities have given many adults a second chance to acquire the knowledge and skills that may have seemed out of reach in the past. With this increased opportunity to participate in adult and continuing education programs, however, comes the challenge of determining exactly how to use programs such as distance education to earn an academic degree or obtain other educational goals. Many people have asked: "What can I do to earn a degree using my distance education? How can my work done at a distance education institution be translated into a college degree?" These and other questions are addressed.
Descriptors: Academic Degrees, Geographic Location, Nontraditional Students, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Educational Opportunities, Higher Education, Adults
Distance Education and Training Council, 1601 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009-2529. Web site: http://www.detc.org.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: Distance Education and Training Council, Washington, DC.