November 2, 2010 | | Leave a comment Southern Oregon University (SOU) will begin offering online classes for its bachelor’s degree in business administration starting next year, reports Ashland Daily Tidings. College officials told the news source that the cost and content of the degree is identical to its campus-based programs on the same topic. The courses are designed for members the working population as well as those who want to start their own business but cannot attend classes at the university due to time constraints. As a result of similar obstacles in past years, "students did not make the drive to SOU and did not get their degrees, so we brought it to them," Joan McBee professor at SOU, told the news source. "They are getting their degree in an environment that is more suitable to them, [and they can] get to know each other, network and build cohesiveness and support." Students who choose to use the online format can communicate with professors through email, Skype or the school’s teleconferencing and instant messaging programs. According to U.S. News and World Report, enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent over the past nine years.