Online Colleges in Illinois

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In 2010, Illinois realized major changes were required for its higher education planning. The Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success was established as the pathway to “One Illinois,” a strategic plan to offer affordable high-quality educational opportunities to all residents of the state, thereby providing more advanced job opportunities to everyone.

As part of the state’s overhaul, colleges and universities throughout Illinois were asked to double their efforts to deliver high quality online programs. Schools throughout the state met the charge, upping the number of overall offerings, both in terms of individual courses and fully online programs, encouraging more students in-state to take online courses and drawing in unprecedented numbers of out-of-state distance students.

But before we look at the institutions with the best online colleges in Illinois, let’s start with the state of higher education and online education in particular in Illinois today.