The Changing Face of Higher Education -- Ashford University Students Attend Classes in Outrageous Places

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- It used to be that college students attended classes at traditional brick and mortar universities and studied in dormitories. That was then, this is now.

Driven by student demand and technological advances, online higher education has grown exponentially, providing students with anywhere/everywhere access.

The 2011 Sloan Consortium study from Babson Survey Research Group, "Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States 2011,"  reports that 6.1 million students were enrolled in at least one web-based class in the fall 2010 semester, with online enrollment now representing 31.3 percent of total enrollment.

Here are some of the most outrageous places Ashford University students have attended undergraduate and graduate degree classes online:

"In a crowded locker room just minutes before a performance while touring with the Harlem Globetrotters."


Kevin "Special K" Daley, received a bachelor's degree in sociology



Cedar Hill, Texas

"By the light of a camp fire, with my computer plugged into the car's cigarette lighter. Thank God for remote Internet."


Tamara Sieja, pursuing a bachelor's degree in English



Kalamazoo, Mich.

"At a karaoke bar. I had an exam the next day and a paper due."


Victoria Ranese Kelley, pursuing a master's degree in teaching and learning with technology



Round Rock, Texas

"In an airplane hangar with military families during a senator's speech. I was responding to discussion posts."


Kyrica Veney, received a master's degree in business administration 



Milton, Vt.

 "I took a weekly quiz in a hotel lobby in Memphis, Tenn., the only place the Wi-Fi was working, when I was attending a conference 1,400 miles from home."


Gail Kenny, received a bachelor's degree in journalism, mass communications



Prescott Valley, Ariz.

"Walt Disney World. The family was a bit ticked off, but my statistics paper was due."      


Silke S. Magahan, received a bachelor's degree in sociology    



Enterprise, Ala.

"On a cot next to my truck in Afghanistan when we stopped over night at a small patrol base."


Marty Costello, received a master's degree in business administration



Elgin, Texas

"Between training sessions, cage fights and mixed martial arts competitions."


David Perez, pursuing a bachelor's degree in social science



Ft. Meade, Md.

 "In a hot tub on vacation. I was supposed to be relaxing."


Kristen Bennett, pursuing master's degree in teaching and learning with technology



Oneida, N.Y.

"Freezing on the curb in front of the closed Skagway Public Library in Alaska."


Sylwia Stetz, received a bachelor's degree in organizational management



San Diego, Calif.

About Ashford University

Ashford University is defining the modern college experience by combining the heritage of a traditional campus with the flexibility and effectiveness of online learning. The University provides a vibrant learning community where high-quality programs and leading-edge technology create a dynamic, immersive and stimulating learning experience. Ashford University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association ( The University offers practical and progressive associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs online, as well as bachelor's degree programs at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. Ashford University – where heritage meets innovation. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

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