Florida approves online-only university education

Public university students in Florida will next year be able to start working towards college degrees without actually going to college, under a law Governor Rick Scott signed last Monday in front of educators and business lobbyists, writes Bill Cotterell for Reuters.

The state-run University of Florida plans to start a series of online bachelor degree programmes next year, with $15 million start-up funds for 2014. Until now full-time online education has only been available to elementary and high schools in the state.

California and Texas are developing totally online university programmes, while Illinois considered the idea and discarded it, according to a spokesperson for the American Public and Land Grant Universities Association in Washington.
Full report on the Reuters site