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Onward Christian Schools Online

Posted By Deborah Lambert On June 24, 2010 @ 9:05 am In Faculty Lounge | No Comments

In the highly competitive online environment where everyone is seeking to develop a niche market, Christian colleges appear to be gaining ground, according to Education News.

Schools like Grand Canyon University [1], forced to reinvent itself or go bankrupt a few years ago, went from 3,500 enrolled students in a traditional setting to 36,000 in its current online environment. And 90 percent of its students are “distance learners.”

Mid-Christian University [2] recruited some brains behind the online giant University of Phoenix [3] to develop an aggressive five-year strategy they hope will quadruple the size of the online student body. Meanwhile, Liberty University [4] boasts 45,000 online students, nearly twice the number that the school’s founder Jerry Falwell Sr. projected a few years ago.

Religious schools have become increasingly popular because of “America’s religious character” and the growing skepticism about agenda-driven secular schools, noted Regent University [5] president Carlos Campo, adding that the online education component has a built-in market of home-schoolers who can now attend college virtually, without leaving home.

Deborah Lambert writes the Squeaky Chalk column for Accuracy in Academia [6].

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[1] Grand Canyon University: http://www.academia.org/search/?cx=004572606133216989943%3Ajomzqa66gtu&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=Grand+Canyon+University&sa=Search&siteurl=www.academia.org%252F#228

[2] Mid-Christian University: http://www.academia.org/search/?cx=004572606133216989943%3Ajomzqa66gtu&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=Mid-Christian+University+&sa=Search&siteurl=www.academia.org%252F#493

[3] University of Phoenix: http://www.academia.org/search/?cx=004572606133216989943%3Ajomzqa66gtu&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=University+of+Phoenix&sa=Search&siteurl=www.academia.org%252F#803

[4] Liberty University: http://www.academia.org/search/?cx=004572606133216989943%3Ajomzqa66gtu&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=Liberty+University&sa=Search&siteurl=www.academia.org%252F#914

[5] Regent University: http://www.academia.org/search/?cx=004572606133216989943%3Ajomzqa66gtu&cof=FORID%3A11&ie=UTF-8&q=Regent+University&sa=Search&siteurl=www.academia.org%252F

[6] Accuracy in Academia: http://www.academia.org/

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