En la universidad estadounidense, un college es normalmente una división administrativa, semejante a una facultad, como por ejemplo College of Arts and Science o College of Medicine. En ellos se pueden estudiar carreras de cuatro años tras las que se obtiene el título de bachelor's degree. Los cursos de postgrado se imparten en graduate schools. Por otra parte, en los centros denominados junior colleges o community colleges se otorga un diploma llamado associate degree después de dos años de estudio y también se imparten clases de formación profesional a gente que está ya trabajando.
Some universities, such as the University of Canterbury, have divided their University into constituent administrative "Colleges" – the College of Arts containing departments that teach Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Science containing Science departments, and so on. This is largely modelled on the Cambridge model, discussed above.
Online learning has surged in popularity over the past decade. An estimated 5.8 million students were enrolled in online courses – a staggering 263% increase from just 12 years ago. There's a reason online degree programs are on the rise. As technology has advanced, so have the capabilities for distance learning. In fact, 94% of academic leaders say that digital curricular resources have improved student learning, and it's estimated that half of all college classes will be taught online by 2019. While there are plenty of benefits to online education, most students tend to be attracted to online colleges for their low tuition and the convenience they offer.
The country's only ancient university is the University of Dublin. Created during the reign of Elizabeth I, it is modelled on the collegiate universities of Cambridge and Oxford. However, only one constituent college was ever founded, hence the curious position of Trinity College Dublin today; although both are usually considered one and the same, the University and College are completely distinct corporate entities with separate and parallel governing structures.
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