Online degree programs becoming more attractive to students at Oregon-based schoolWeb-based degrees are becoming more desirable for individuals who work full-time, busy professionals who wish to advance in their careers and parents who are seeking higher education to enter the workplace.

School officials from Linfield College’s adult degree program announced a 34 percent increase in enrollment in the fall 2010 semester.

“This significant growth in enrollment for online degrees and certificates is gratifying for Linfield’s Adult Degree Program, showing that more adults are deciding to earn a degree mid-career, and they are choosing to participate in Linfield’s program,” said Janet Gifford, adult degree program associate director.

The school’s registered nurse-to-bachelor’s of nursing degree program saw the most significant boost in student enrollment from 106 students in the fall 2009 semester to 149 in 2010, representing a 41 percent increase. School officials added that the college also saw growth in its post-baccalaureate accounting certificate, international business degree and management degree programs.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, the 21 percent growth rate for online enrollments far exceeds the 2 percent increase in the overall higher education student population.

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