Online university enters agreement  with community college to allow students to transfer more easilyAshford University, an online school, recently announced an articulation partnership with Luna Community College (LCC). The New Mexico-based two-year institution is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The community college offers associates degree programs in nursing, business, technology, construction and law enforcement at its main and satellite campuses throughout New Mexico. Officials said that the school places emphasis on encouraging graduates' progression to four-year institutions.

"LCC is an educational fixture in New Mexico," said Mark K. Young, director of academic partnerships at Ashford University. "With the opportunity for a four-year Ashford degree, their students can begin their advanced education locally and finish at a fine four-year school."

As part of the agreement, LCC graduates can transfer up to 90 credits to Ashford University toward a bachelors degree program.

According to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning, enrollment in web-based courses has increased by nearly 1 million students from last year. Furthermore, approximately 5.6 million individuals participated in at least one online class.

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