Online education is becoming more popular at the community college levelA recent survey that was funded by the Pearson Foundation found that 40 percent of community college students reported that they are currently taking at least one online course, The Washington Post reports.

Officials told the news source that they found that students believe that is important to have access to high-speed internet in order to succeed at a two-year school. Furthermore, the report revealed that many individuals say that having online access is more important for success than having advisers or relationships with instructors.

The report also showed that students believe that they can benefit from online homework and tutorials. They added that web-based education is highly important for them to succeed because it offers a more flexible learning model and is available to individuals anywhere.

Students indicated that if they were at risk for dropping out were "particularly likely to think they could do better in their courses if they spent more time using these online materials," the report states.

According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, community colleges enroll more than 44 percent of all U.S. undergraduates.

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