When families learn together, the positive results go far beyond the accomplishment of earning a degree. Whatever your family structure, there are many ways you can benefit from earning your college degrees online as a team.
Benefits of Learning Together
Thanks to the popularity of online learning, people have discovered how much easier it is to achieve their educational goals while handling the responsibilities of a full-time job and family. Online colleges and universities allow adults to work around their busy schedules more efficiently than a traditional brick-and-mortar institution would. And when one or more members of your family are enrolled in an online degree program, the benefits of that shared experience are numerous:
- When couples simultaneously work toward the same educational goals, it creates a lively learning environment in the home. Together, they are preparing to advance their careers, increase their income, and improve their lives. Sharing common educational goals can be an invigorating journey filled with excellent support, understanding, and empathy for what the other is experiencing—a positive set of dynamics in any relationship.
- When parents and children attend school concurrently, children develop a more positive attitude toward learning. Children of parents who are learning online may also display enhanced concentration, understanding, and improved behavior in the classroom, as their parents have set an example through their own actions. And the nature of online education helps parents gain a higher level of self-confidence, better communication skills, and enhanced intrapersonal skills that translate to better parenting.
- When children see a parent attending school and completing homework assignments, it can be an inspiring experience for them. Earning your college degree sets a great example for your children, whether they’re in grade school or in college.
Surprising Statistics About Online Learning, Love, and Marriage
- Studies indicate that college-educated adults are more likely to stay married than couples without a higher education. According to a report by the Pew Research Institute, 78% of women with a college degree who married for the first time between 2006–2010 will likely stay married at least 20 years, while 65% of men with a bachelor’s degree who marry are anticipated to do the same.*
- An incredible 95% of fathers and 84% of mothers with a bachelor’s degree are married and living with their children versus 82% of fathers and 60% of mothers with a high school diploma or more versus 78% of fathers and 53% of mothers with less than a high school diploma.†
- In 2008, 62% of college-educated 30-year-olds were married or had been married, compared with 60% of 30-year-olds who did not have a college degree. This survey identified the reversal of a long-standing pattern.‡
Walden University graduate Kimberly Price and her husband are just one example of a married couple pursuing their online education together:
“While I was attending Walden, my husband Anthony would see my excitement as we’d talk through my assignments, how attentive the professors were to my needs, and how I used my coursework to improve my teaching,” said Price, who earned her MS in Education at Walden.
“He was earning his BA from another online university and was not having a great experience. When he transferred [to Walden], he became excited about what he was learning and was thrilled to find similar support from his professors and other students. The gains my husband and I have made by pursuing our degrees have been life-changing. We’ve accomplished goals we never thought we could—and we’re only getting started. Our next goal is to earn our doctorates at Walden.”
The Many Benefits of Learning Together
If starting or returning to college seems intimidating to you, just think about the many ways a better education will improve your life, regardless of your family structure. A college education can have a direct positive impact on your family relationships—as well as on your confidence, self-esteem, career options, and income—and can help provide you and your family with a better and more rewarding life.
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*Pew Research Center, The link between a college education and a lasting marriage, on the Internet at www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/12/04/education-and-marriage.
†Pew Research Center, The links between education, marriage and parenting, on the Internet at www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2013/11/27/the-links-between-education-marriage-and-parenting.
‡Pew Research Center, The Reversal of the College Marriage Gap, on the Internet at www.pewsocialtrends.org/2010/10/07/the-reversal-of-the-college-marriage-gap/.
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