According to a recent article in US News, experts say that women are more attracted to online pursuit of higher education and the number one reason is because of the kinds of degrees they are studying for. While there are a number of reasons why more women prefer to study online than in a more traditional classroom setting, the types of degrees they pursue does impact their choice.
Also, although it is no longer possible to stereotype some professions as being ‘female’ occupations, nursing is one in which the number of women nurses greatly outweighs the number of males in the profession. Now many universities offer online nursing programs so that is one course of study that is more highly populated by women and over time, even more women are catching the ‘cyber study’ bug.
Flexibility is a key issue
Many women who seek an online degree program, whether it is an undergrad degree or a graduate degree, look for the flexibility studying online provides. A great number of women already work full-time jobs and juggle a family as well. There is no way to determine in advance when the kids will be sick, demanding more of your time or when your job needs you to stay overtime. What about those times the babysitter can’t make it and hubby is away on business? Studying online offers the flexibility needed to simply change the time or the day that you choose to study a specific chapter or a concept that you need to internalize.
A chance to have a family earlier in life
Another of the ‘big issues’ with women is the fact that registering in an online RN program enables them to have children younger while their biological clocks are still keeping time. In the past there was a huge push to wait until the young couple established themselves financially, finished their education and were solidly at work in a job with a career. With the dawning of online education women can have their children younger, in their mid-twenties when they are not only at the height of fertility but young enough to run after those little bundles of energy which comes harder with age. Even a decade makes a huge difference.
Cost is a key factor
Finally, the costs associated with a course of study such as an online RN program are much less than they would be studying on campus in a traditional classroom setting. Perhaps at this point in time both online and campus classes cost the same per credit hour but the addition of an online curriculum has enabled most universities to keep costs lower across the board. Consider the fact that even lecture halls have finite seating but an online course can handle virtually unlimited enrollment. But when speaking of cost, women think in terms of what it costs to travel back and forth to class, an acceptable wardrobe and all the little ‘extras’ that are a necessary component when factoring what it costs to attend university.
These are just the top three reasons why some women are opting for online college. There is a growing trend to study online with numbers that indicate that more women are studying online than men and the number of women opting for cyber study will just continue to grow.
Have you ever taken an online course or degree? What did you think?