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|NUMBER 189||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||OCTOBER 2001|
|Accelerated Distance Learning|
In Accelerated Distance Learning, author Brad Voeller describes the unique path he followed to earn an accredited, four-year college degree in just six months for less than $5,000. He invites high school students contemplating college, as well as those already enrolled in higher education, to follow his revolutionary lead.
As its name suggests, "Distance Learning" is about taking online computer courses and correspondence courses, both of which are offered by many, if not most, colleges and universities. "Information technology promotes remote collaboration," writes Voeller, "and the implication for education is that classrooms located in expensive campus settings are becoming obsolete. Learners can congregate online."
According to Voeller, there are 450,000 courses available through remote, or distance learning, and "the market for online education is projected to reach $11.5 billion by 2003."
Distance Learning is also about earning "credit-by-examination" through a variety of programs, the best known of which is the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP offers five general-knowledge exams and 29 subject exams. The five general exams are equivalent to the first full year of college. Other credit-by-examination programs include Excelsior College Exams, the Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs), which were originally designed for the military but are now available to civilians and administered at more than 600 locations worldwide.
Distance Learning embraces independent study programs and encourages students to pursue college credits for real-life learning through the use of portfolio assessments.
Voeller concedes that his revolutionary method of study will challenge students' "preconceived notions about how to get a college education." He urges readers to "be prepared to accept change and try new things."
Accelerated Distance Learning charts the course for students with enough personal responsibility, drive and boldness to approach higher education in a way that the author believes will become "the wave of the future."