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Sunday, April 22, 2018

3 Benefits of Online Programs at Community Colleges | Education - U.S. News & World Report

"Access to a physical campus is among the advantages of attending a local community college as an online student" reports Bradley Fuster, associate vice president of institutional effectiveness at SUNY Buffalo State.

Many community colleges offer seamless transfers to four-year colleges.
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Since the humble beginnings of American community colleges in 1901, these institutions have typically focused on meeting the academic, professional and vocational needs of nontraditional, financially constrained students bound to a certain location.

Community colleges have been successful, growing undergraduate enrollment faster than their four-year public, four-year private and for-profit competitors from 2000 to 2015.

Findings from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in fall 2014, of 6.4 million students attending public community colleges, 1.8 million students enrolled in at least one online course, with 690,000 students attending community colleges completely online.

Over time, more online programs and degrees have become available. For example, Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, North Carolina, offers more than 100 online programs.

While community colleges may not have the reputational prestige of large, national online colleges, they generally have a much lower sticker price. Here are three additional advantages of attending an online program at a public community college. 

Source: U.S. News & World Report