For Steven Ancheta, the time is long past for more arguments about online education's merits and convenience.
The West Covina resident, who is enrolled in a fully online program for a bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, praised the experience and the chance for working people to take evening or weekend classes.
His positive view about online education was strongly supported in a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll. Among the registered voters who participated in the survey, 59% said they agreed with the idea that increasing the number of online classes at California's public universities will make education more affordable and accessible. However, 34% expressed fears that expanding online classes will reduce access to professors, diminish the value of college degrees and not save money.
For Ancheta, 21, an accounts manager at a telephone company who participated in the poll, the scheduling freedom of online classes "is a very pleasant alternative." Moreover, he said, "You can pull away the exact same amount of knowledge you can pull away from a traditional classroom."