School merges with another in an effort to stay accreditedOfficials from the St. Andrew Presbyterian College recently announced that it will merge with Webber International University, The Fayetteville Observer reports.

The college decided to make this move in order to maintain its accreditation and attract more students to its online programs.

Officials told the news source that under the terms of the merger, Webber would oversee all academic and administrative operations at St. Andrews. This will allow Webber to expand program options and online courses for students at both schools.

"The inclusion of St. Andrews as a part of Webber is a logical and cost-effective way to achieve our shared strategic goals and broaden the scope and depth of the two academic programs," Keith Wade, president of Webber, told the news source.

Officials noted that St. Andrews will still offer accredited associates, bachelors and masters in business administration degrees.

According to a 2009 Reuters report, the online education industry grew by 17 percent. Furthermore, the sector had been growing at a rate of approximately 20 percent annually in previous years. Furthermore, nearly 25 percent of U.S. students currently take at least some web-based courses.

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