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Online Degrees Require Student Discipline

06-08-2007 01:50 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: Virginia College Online

Virginia College Online strives to make earning an online degree feasible and challenging at the same time.

June 7, 2007 Birmingham, AL -- Every year millions of students pursue an online degree of some type. While most students succeed in their pursuit of an online education, there are also some who don't succeed because they didn't understand the commitment needed to attend classes online. Those students who are successful are the ones who are fully prepared for the rigors of online learning.

Because getting an online degree can be so convenient it is quickly becoming more popular, particularly for working adults or those who want to have a flexible schedule. It's important for individuals to understand, however, that online learning is just as rigorous, if not more so, than taking courses at a bricks-and-mortar college.

According to Chris Freeman, Vice-President of Academics at Virginia College Online, “Those who do best with online learning are self-starters and very disciplined. Our courses are the same as those offered at our campus locations, but it's harder for some students to focus when they don't have the structure of a classroom. Others thrive in this kind of environment and love the flexibility.”

To work towards a degree online, students have to keep themselves motivated so that they log on, complete the assignments and take all tests without an instructor face-to-face making sure they stay on track.

Virginia College Online strives to make earning an online degree feasible and challenging at the same time. “Our courses are designed to be convenient and accessible, but this doesn't mean we aren't treating these courses as just as vital as those in a more traditional university atmosphere. We have a strict attendance policy; students must log on regularly or they will not be allowed to complete the course. Students need to be able to schedule their own time carefully so that they allow themselves enough time for class work.”

“It's important that students know that when they enroll, they will be expected to do the best work possible. Students who are self-motivated, willing to discipline themselves and dedicated to doing whatever is needed without someone keeping an eye on them will excel and can quickly get the online degree that they want. Our mission is to give these students the opportunity so that they can run with it. We're proud to offer the educational opportunities that these students desire.”

About Virginia College Online
Virginia College Online currently offers associate's and bachelor's programs in a variety of disciplines. VCOnline continues to evolve to meet and exceed the expectations of the next generation of students by offering exceptional accredited courses to challenge and educate students. Virginia College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. For more information, please visit

Virginia College Online
300 River Hills Business Park
Birmingham, AL 35242

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