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The University of Phoenix launched its online campus in 1989; years before schools like Harvard, Yale and Stanford started their online programs. Today over 4.6 million students are taking online courses, a number that is projected to exceed 18 million by 2014. 96% of colleges and universities have followed in Phoenix’s footsteps and launched their own online programs in one or all of their disciplines, yet their are still many who do not believe in the effectiveness of an education facilitated online. Back in July we held a discussion on higher education with a room filled with professors and deans from collegiate aviation. At the start of the discussion the room was overwhelmingly against the idea that an online education program could be beneficial to both the students and the school, especially in the world of collegiate aviation.