A large number of online universities appear to be ageist. Is there a reason why these schools have an arbitrary age limit for admission. How can they get away with this ?
I am an educator and I have a student that is unable due to mobility to attend a traditional college. Online college appeared to be an attractive option for this student but online schools require the student be 24 years of age.
Yes, this is very true. Many online colleges and universities require their students to be of a certain age, and they do this for a very good reason. Typically, online education, while more flexible, can be extremely rigorous. Online schools offer their students a quality education, but it comes at a price. Because students are not required to attend class, meet with students, or participate in a variety of other "typical" college tasks, they are instead required to do a larger amount of reading, writing, and other general types of coursework, which can be very difficult for first time students. Students in traditional college settings have a physical structure to support their theoretical education, which student in online courses don't. So, what online schools will do is require students to be of a certain age to ensure that students are mature enough to handle the intense regiment that online programs require. Now with all that said, let me also say that there are also a large number of online schools who do not require students to be of a certain age, as well as many who with your student's predicament may wave the fee, but you will need to contact them to discuss this. All in all, there are a large number of options avaliable. To help get you on your way, here is a link to a really great article How to Succeed At College With a Disability .
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