Different Paths to a College Degree

Online programs and community colleges offer options and innovation in higher education.

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Phillips says 95 percent of online degrees are offered by nonprofits, a fact often lost amid the ag­gressive marketing of the University of Phoenix and other for-profit schools. "But the Universi­ty of Wisconsin may be looking for 30 students in its undergraduate business program. The Uni­versity of Phoenix is looking for 30,000," Phillips says. 

What today's undergrads need to be learning, Broad says, are skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communicating, and working in teams. And don't expect such learning to end with a diplo­ma. "No body of knowledge gained in four years will last a lifetime anymore," she says. 

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