Financial, family, and scheduling pressures make it hard for many to set work aside to attend face-to-face classes every week. Increasingly, students want to squeeze their pursuit of degrees into rare patches of downtime -- and for these students, the explosion of online class offerings is a godsend, reports the Baltimore Sun. After two years of taking two online classes at the University of Maryland per semester, former Marine Kerry Brandt, 46, is sold on the wonders of online education for a working man with a family. "I actually think I work harder and get more out of it," says...

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