As degree seekers continue to flood the online education market—online headcount is estimated to have grown 18 percent in 2010 alone according to market researcher Eduventures—many historically black colleges and universities are hoping to capitalize on the surge. As of fall 2010, 19 of the 89 HBCUs with four-year undergraduate programs offered full online degrees at the bachelor’s or master’s levels. That’s up from 12 in 2006, according to a study by Roy L. Beasley, academic systems analyst at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University.

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