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Harvard and the University of Phoenix: Common Ground

Believe it or not, there still remain a few folks who are blind to the value of distance learning.

When someone mentions the University of Phoenix within earshot, they begin their tirade against online schools.  Never mind that the University of Phoenix is the largest university in the United States, with over 300,000 students on 250 campuses, or that employers widely recommend it.

The naysayers also blatantly ignore the abundance of traditional universities that have poured millions of dollars into state-of-the-art distance education to compete for students who are tech savvy and who are enrolling in online classes in droves.

For example, Harvard Extension School — the continuing education arm of Harvard University — just spent over $1 million to fit its new distance education production facility with the latest in technical equipment. These new technological tools allow online students to view on-campus lectures in real time and to participate in the classes.

Armed with the finest distance learning technology, Harvard Extension School utilizes its facilities to serve on-campus Harvard students as well as several hundred online students. Over 100 courses are offered via computer, with sophisticated video streaming, two-way video conferencing and studio-quality audio raising the bar in educational excellence.

US News & World Report just ranked prestigious Harvard University as #2 among America’s Best Colleges of 2008. And e-learning is important enough for Harvard to invest over $1 million more in its distance learning program.

Online colleges, like the University of Phoenix, have invested their millions in distance learning technology in order to offer online college degrees that can be completely solely via computer.

To the naysayers of online education, I will let those facts speak for themselves.

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