Kent State will offer a full online degree soonCollege officials at Kent State University told kentwired.com, a student-run website, that the school will offer a completely online undergraduate degree in the near future.

The model has been successful in other institutions, such as Penn State, where its World Campus online degree program has 10,000 students enrolled, David Aneckstein, director of outreach news and communications at the school told the news source.

Furthermore, the college blends online classes with on-campus sessions, and some students meeting face-to-face on the weekend. The online degree is designed for adult students with families or full-time jobs who find hybrid learning more convenient because the courses are less time consuming.

“I think it’s something universities have to do to be competitive in the future,” Aneckstein told the website.

According to a 2009 report by the Sloan Consortium, nearly 4.6 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall of 2008. Online enrollments experienced a 17 percent increase from the previous year. 

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