The trend is on the rise: more and more are taking seminary courses online.
What do you think? Is this the best?
A sketch of some big ideas: “At seminaries, online ministry degree programs are tapping into a storehouse of pent-up demand. Those who once dismissed the possibility of full-time ministry can pursue dreams without making drastic changes and piling up a crushing loan debt. Students avoid the expense of moving on or near campus–or of commuting daily for three or four years. Congregations retain valuable ministry workers as they learn more.”
Here are some general numbers from the Babson survey:
- 4.6 million students took at least one online course at a post-secondary institution in fall 2008. About 644,000 of those students took graduate-level courses.
- Online education has been growing at a compound annual rate of 19 percent.
- Online enrollment now represents 25 percent of the 18.2 million students enrolled in higher education.
- Student demand for online courses is now greater than demand for corresponding face-to-face courses.