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Why parents prefer online degrees now

Online degrees are becoming a parental choice. In the latest years, more and more parents actually choose online rather than face-to-face, and they support their sons and daughters enrolling in an online degree rather than going to campus. This can be seen in the increase of parents requesting loans to pay for their children's online degree education. Analysts don't quite agree about a single reason explaining this phenomenon, but here are som clues:

   Campus alcohol. Student drinking is considered No. 1 health problem in campuses. This problem has been addressed repeatedly by the educational authorities, without success. Alcohol is related to 41 % of all academic problems. Alcohol is directly responsible for 28 % of all student dropouts. 90 % of all campus rapes happen when either the victim or the raper are drunk. A report on college drinking estimates that more than 70,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 survive alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape each year. The same report showed that more than 600,000 students are assaulted by drinking students on a yearly basis. Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), 2002 report.

   Campus hazing. Hazing is defined as any humiliating or dangerous activity expected of you to join a group, regardless of your willingness to participate. Hazing has included activities as dangerous as forced alcohol use, physical abuse, kidnap, and being tied up and abandoned. There has been minimal research on the prevalence and consequences of hazing at institutions of higher education, but hazing has become a concern driving many students who feel weaker than average to choose an online degree program instead of going to campus.

   Campus rape. The increase in this problem has also become a source of concern for some families. Over four thousand campus rapes are reported every year, and it is estimated that another twenty thousand aren't reported due to victim fears or shame (please see external links and sources below). A national study projects that 20 to 25 percent of all college women in the United States are victims of an attempted or completed rape during their college careers. Gang rapes on campus are not commonplace, but when they occur they are often perpetrated by men who participate in intensive male peer groups that foster rape-supportive behaviors. Source: Department of Education.

   Campus drugs. Just like alcohol, drugs are unfortunately widespread in many campuses and have a tragic influence in student health and academic success. In 2002 alone, almost 25000 drug-related arrests were conducted in campuses across the nation. Source: Department of Education.

   Campus mad driving. Due partly to the reasons stated above, driving and walking have become dangerous activities in some campuses. Accidents are increasing in campus areas.

   Campus hate. 26 % of all hate crimes committed in the United States happen at campus, according to a study by the Department of Education. Ethnic minority students, handicapped students, jewish students and gay or lesbian students are likely to suffer at least two hate episodes per academic year. The Anti-Defamation League has documented roughly 100 acts of anti-Semitic harassment and violence each year on American campuses since 1991, including a shotgun attack at the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. A study conducted at Yale found that 42 percent of lesbian and gay students surveyed had suffered some form of physical aggression while at the university, such as being chased, having objects thrown at them, having personal property destroyed, or being assaulted. Other studies at different universities have found similar levels of abuse against homosexuals.

   Campus violence. As a result of laws making it too easy to bear arms, in combination with alcohol, drugs, increased criminality and other reasons, campus violence has become a justified concern to many parents. Contrary to common belief, most violence on campus cannot be attributed to outsiders intruding on an otherwise peaceful environment. In fact, some experts estimate that at least 70 percent of violent acts are perpetrated by students. The majority of college students fall within the age group (18-24) most likely to be the victims of nonfatal assault. This age group is also overrepresented among perpetrators of violence. Since 2000, the US Government produces campus crim reports and comparison tables for students and parents comfronted with this problem. Improving the resources and staff for campus policing has become a top issue in every university's agenda. Online degrees have become more popular because of this and other reasons.

Related external resources:

Stop campus rape website.

Cults on campus awareness site.

US Department of Education. Website on Campus Security.

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