There are so many more schools to select from when you choose to study online because you are not limited geographically. If you are just taking a course for enrichment and don’t need to acquire credit, look for the best fit for your needs in terms of content, cost, and convenience. If you want to earn a certificate or degree—or take a credit-based course to satisfy a requirement—you should make sure that the college or university is accredited by an agency recognized by your institution for transfer. Again, you can use the U.S. Department of Education’s College Navigator and then visit the websites of those that interest you to determine what they offer online. If you want to study online at an institution in the WICHE states, check out those institutions with online programs listed on WICHE’s Internet Course Exchange (ICE).
Online education enrollment has continued to grow according to the new report, Digital Learning Compass: Digital Education Enrollment Report 2017. The overall enrollment in higher education, however, has fallen in the past three years.