UW, WSU appeal to huge market with online-degree programs

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Nicole Traore always wanted to go back to school to get her bachelor’s degree, but the 45-year-old mother of three busy boys has a full-time job and no extra time in her schedule to take classes on a college campus.

Then her husband heard about a first-of-its-kind online program at the University of Washington that offers students who already have completed some college a route to a bachelor’s degree, entirely online and for a little more than half the tuition price.

Traore investigated. “It looked amazing,” she said. And she enrolled.

Public and private colleges and community colleges have offered an extensive lineup of online degrees for years now. The UW degree program Traore is taking — a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and family studies — is the first time the state’s largest and most prestigious university has offered an all-online bachelor’s completion degree.

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