Strayer University makes it possible to go back to school while holding down a job. Focusing on providing higher education programs for working adults, the university offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degree programs at roughly 90 campuses in about 20 Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states and Washington, DC, as well as via the Internet through Strayer University Online. The university offers courses in areas such as accounting, economics, administration, and information services. More than 60,000 students are enrolled at Strayer University, which is owned and operated by for-profit Strayer Education. The university was founded in 1892.
Strayer University markets itself to students who are looking for convenience as part of their education. It schedules classes during evening and weekend hours, locates campuses next to major roads (some in cities, some in suburbs), and offers online courses for those students for whom traveling to a bricks-and-mortar campus is simply not an option. Online classes are offered in both asynchronous (on demand) and synchronous (real time) formats.
The adult education market is a growing component of the higher education industry as more adults seek to expand their knowledge base and update their skills. For example, information technology is a particularly popular degree program as adult learners seek to improve their computer expertise to remain competitive in the marketplace.
The school's parent company keeps Strayer University's curriculum timely by assessing job market trends and developing course material to meet expected demand. Areas that are anticipated to see a surge in demand include health care, information technology and systems, and education. Strayer Education intends to keep up with that demand by opening about 8 Strayer University campuses in 2011. – less