Open Education Database (OEDb.org) recently contacted me regarding an online comprehensive college resource guide they’ve put together for Arkansas. OEDb.org is a website that compiles information about online college offerings by state, and also contains a comprehensive listing of free online classes and lectures in a variety of subjects, such as business, education, liberal arts, and math, among others. The free classes, of course, are not for-credit, but some appear to be offered from top brick-and-mortar universities throughout the country, and could serve as added resources for students who need a little help in certain subject areas. They could also be useful for adults who are simply seeking self-enrichment or are interested in learning more about particular subjects.
In addition, OEDb.org has published annual online college rankings since 2006. According to their website, these rankings are based on eight different metrics, including the number of full-time faculty vs. part-time faculty, institutional financial aid rate, acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate, years accredited, default rates, and job placement rates. With so many online education options today, these rankings could be helpful for students when searching for the right online education program.
The link for the Arkansas online college guide is here. It lists information, such as tuition and fees, years accredited, and student population for all public, private, and for-profit colleges in the state that have online course offerings. Though school just started this week, it’s never too early for high school juniors and seniors to start researching college options.
Note: The author of this blog was not compensated for any information contained in the blog post. The author is in no way affiliated with OEDb.org and has not verified any information that may be contained on the OEDb.org website.