Chesapeake, VA, January 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Baker's Guide to Christian Distance Education has cataloged over 500 accredited Christian distance learning opportunities from K-12 through undergraduate and graduate college, university, and seminary degrees. According to Jason D. Baker, university professor and author of the BakersGuide.com website, online learning has become a popular option for many Christians as the economy has plunged into recession. “I’ve seen an increased interest in online learning since the economic downturn – particularly for low-cost online degree programs – and I expect that this trend will continue in the years to come.”
Higher education seems like anything but a value industry given the exorbitant costs of obtaining a degree. Even as the nation is experiencing the lowest inflation rates in some fifty years, the cost of a degree cannot be expected to follow suit. Higher education costs have historically risen at high rates in times of recession, but steady enrollments during these financial downturns have allowed for such rate hikes to succeed.
For many, however, the real value in online colleges and universities is not to be found by adding them to a stock portfolio but by enrolling in a degree program. Enrollments are growing steadily as people fearing or affected by job loss flock to degree programs that will ultimately increase their marketability. Savvy workers, seeking to shore up their employability or change careers, are wise to consider whether earning a degree will better position them for success in a tumultuous marketplace. One must find a program that meets their career needs, fits within their time and location constraints, and is still somehow affordable. But if these hurdles are overcome, higher education can indeed become a value in the long term.
For individuals seeking to position themselves for success via an online degree, finding a program that best suits their needs is best done at a keyboard. There are numerous online directories of distance degree programs. In order to ensure that such an educational investment isn’t of junk grade quality, check that the university is regionally accredited and has experience delivering online courses.
The BakersGuide.com Christian Distance Learning Degree and Program Directory is limited to accredited domestic colleges and seminaries plus a number of relevant international universities and K-12 programs. The site began in 1997 as an online listing of accredited Christian universities offering distance learning programs and has grown into the leading free online resource in the field.