Distance education fills a critical niche for individuals who do not otherwise have access to institutions of higher education. Unhampered by geography, individual schedules, weather, or limiting class-size requirements, courses offered via a variety of distance education technologies have flexibility in meeting the needs of people whom universities have trouble reaching with traditional delivery systems.
The first priority in distance education is academic excellence. When you register for a course, you should expect equivalent content and opportunity for learning. When you complete a course, your grade is entered on a transcript like on-campus university courses. To ensure excellence, distance education course work involves a commitment by instructors and students to academic quality.