Penn State gains recognition for online degree program

August 28, 2012

Now that grants for parents and scholarships for moms are becoming widely available, more schools are offering online programs to cater to the needs of nontraditional students. However, some postsecondary institutions have been providing internet-based degree programs for years, one of them being Penn State.

Recently, The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences' B.A. in Energy and Sustainability Policy degree program received recognition from the Sloan Consortium for being the top online program of 2012, according to Penn State Live. The school will receive the Outstanding Online Program Award on October 11.

"We're incredibly honored to have such a young program [launched in 2010] receive this important recognition from the Sloan Consortium," Ann Taylor, director of the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, told the news source.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2011, those with a bachelor's degree earned approximately $1,053 weekly. Individuals with a high school diploma made $683 every week. With a degree through an accredited online program, individuals can potentially improve their income. This is especially helpful to working parents who want to advance in their careers to provide for their families.

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