Why take online art classes in Arkansas?
Arkansas, as a state, is passionate about the arts. And that passion has translated into an artist-friendly economy that has a bustling and booming creative industry operating within it. As of January 2012, Arkansas was home to nearly 5,300 arts-related businesses that employed nearly 18,500 people, with the majority of those businesses and employees centered mostly in the capital of Little Rock. The options are plentiful and in a wide-ranging of disciplines, meaning graduates of local online art schools with have plenty of local career options once they graduate.
Arkansas is also a quite rural and large state with many of its post-secondary options spread out across the state. These online degree programs and classes afford students the luxury of picking the courses and programs they feel are the best fit without having to worry about a strict class schedule or transportation issues. This opens up many of the state’s institutions to a larger population and offers them an opportunity they might not otherwise have.
Online Education in Arkansas Overview
Arkansas has begun to implement statewide virtual education options but it is far from done. Currently, private school and home school students are eligible for publicly-funded online education provided the funding is available. Also, the state offers individual online courses but no full-time virtual high school, while younger students have access to a full-time virtual school but not individual online classes.
The national campaign for online learning, Digital Learning Now, gave the state mediocre scores as a whole, lauding the state for its quality of choices and personalized learning while also showing the lack of funding and infrastructure in place across the state. Of course these are not scores based on the post-secondary options, which should stand apart from the scores and offer a wider variety of effective and accountable online arts courses and degrees.