Sunday, August 16, 2009
Online learning comes into its own - Carol Lloyd, San Francisco Chronicle: "As the job market grows softer and less nourishing than a jelly doughnut, reports show more people are returning to school to immunize their careers and feed their souls. But 'school' is not necessarily the idyll of leafy campuses and long afternoons arguing philosophy in oak-paneled rooms. Online education, long an ugly duckling of the ivory towers of the world, is coming into its swan years. Vicky Phillips, founder of GetEducated.com, which rates online education degrees and filters out diploma mills, says that in the past 12 months, she has seen an 18 percent increase in enrollment inquiries for online college degrees on her Web site - with the strongest increase in associate degrees and certificates.