by Paul Guidry
Published November 14, 2012
Sometimes, greed really is good, especially when you’re trying to decide on a course of action that may have a lasting effect on your future. Traditionally, degree programs come in one of two formats – campus or online. But more and more, students are turning to another type of program that offers a combination of the most tantalizing parts of campus and online programs; the Hybrid degree.
Sometimes, the rigidity of campus courses may be too overwhelming, while online courses may lack the structure some students need. Hybrid courses provide a middle ground offering structured curriculums that may not place as many strict demands on students’ schedules.
Getting shut out of a class because it’s too full stinks. Hybrid courses allow classes to accommodate larger groups of students, because much of the interaction takes place in the digital space; with the need for a physical venue so infrequent, schools can better accommodate larger class sizes. This means you may have a better chance of getting into the course you want with the instructor you want on a schedule that fits your own.
What you’ll soon find as you start to research Hybrid Programs is often the cost of the course is significantly less than a traditional campus program. With less demand on schools to appropriate and maintain classroom space, they can afford to charge less per course, which means you can afford a quality education without having to eat ketchup sandwiches three times a day.
For many students, the costs of relocation, housing and day-to-day life may be too expensive; but a short sojourn to campus every now and then might be more manageable. Not having to be in one specific location on a daily basis means you may have a better chance of taking the class you want at the school you want, even if the school is some distance away. And, more often than not, the occasional trip to a different venue only helps broaden one’s horizons.
Since students are rarely required to physically be on campus hybrid programs may attract students from greater distances; you might have a better chance of engaging students from more distant and diverse backgrounds. And, as anyone who’s ever ventured into the working world knows, having a lot of contacts in a lot of places can be very helpful.
There you have it
Overall, Hybrid Programs may solve a lot of the issues associated with more traditional programs.
Is a Hybrid Program the way to go for you? That is a decision you have to make for yourself. It’s best to research all your options and determine which program is best suited to help you achieve your personal goals.