Correspondence Courses for Today's College Student

Developed in the 19th century, correspondence courses made college accessible to rural residents and working people. Today, distance learning remains one of the strongest trends in higher education.

The history of distance learning

In those first correspondence colleges, students and instructors communicated exclusively through the postal service, and coursework was not recognized by mainstream universities. By 1900, however, those institutions were also experimenting with distance learning as public universities began offering extension courses. Textbooks were supplemented with lantern slides and motion pictures. The advent of radio expanded delivery to include live lectures, and finally, educational television brought the classroom to the student.

Today, the standard for distance learning is the online, or Internet-based course. A student can earn a degree from an accredited online university without ever setting foot on a campus. Course content includes text and videos, quizzes are followed by instant feedback, and students correspond with instructors and classmates in real time through blogs, email, team sites and instant messaging.

Online courses: same content, new delivery

Globe University brought over a century of experience to bear on its venture into Internet-based college offerings. The school instituted online courses in 2000, only after carefully evaluating the unique challenges the format presents for students, faculty and the institution. The college proceeded carefully, ensuring online instructional methods and technologies deliver the same high quality outcomes provided in the classroom. Online degree programs and courses were directly adapted from those offered in the classroom, delivering identical curricula in a different format. (Transcripts do not distinguish between traditional and correspondence courses.) Extensive online student services include individual financial aid planning, career planning, free tutoring and job-search assistance. Satisfaction is high among students and their employers.

At Globe, distance-learning students include working parents, service members on military deployment and residents of rural communities. This broad accessibility fulfills the vision of 19th century reformers, who saw higher education as the key to social and economic advancement advancement for working adults.

Helping students achieve their goals 

Flexibility is the key to success for many of our students. Many degree programs are offered entirely online, and for those that require traditional classroom and lab attendance, help students expand their options by taking as many courses as possible online. Each program is carefully designed to provide maximum flexibility without compromising the depth of content. If you would like more information about our online college programs, please contact admissions or call 1-877-303-6060. A representative will answer your questions and provide more information.