- USA Today analyzed newly released data from the Department of Education and found that four of the biggest schools in the U.S. (in terms of degrees awarded) operate primarily online.
- Topping the list of schools who handed out the most degrees in 2011 were: 1) University of Phoenix Online, 2) Walden University, 3) Grand Canyon University, 4) National University and 5) Nova Southeastern University.
- Three of the top schools were also for-profit.
From the article:
Virtually unknown a decade ago, big online teacher education programs now dwarf their traditional competitors, outstripping even the largest state university teachers' colleges.
A USA TODAY analysis of newly released U.S. Department of Education data finds that four big universities, operating mostly online, have quickly become the largest education schools in the USA. Last year the four — three of which are for-profit — awarded one in 16 bachelor's degrees and post-graduate awards and nearly one in 11 advanced education awards, including master's degrees and doctorates. ...