You’ve more then likely heard about the advancing disruption that is headed directly towards higher education. The technological advancements, numerous innovative start-ups, MOOC’s and competency based education are all going to change how we learn and how higher education will deliver that learning.
With costs out of control, huge student debt, student loan defaults on the rise, a major reinvention of higher education will occur whether colleges an universities are ready for it or not. Those who reinvent will survive and those who persist with current practices and convention will perish.
The industrial/twentieth century ideology that learning takes place in defined periods of time with amassed numbers of credits will be washed away by the tsunami of change which will allow students to learn in a more natural, cooperative, accelerated and inclusive fashion.
Colleges and universities may not be the only players in awarding degrees. For example, Pearson, a textbook publishing company will be offering degrees in the UK. If successful, this is stimulate others to seek authority to offer degrees and this will spread world wide.
Straightline, Udacity, Coursera, The Khan Academy are but a few of the enterprises that offer courses that are either free or at reduced prices that will ultimately convert to college credit or badges that are proof of job skills.
One can sign up for a class through Udemy with a Facebook account or by email and review courses and sign-up! I suggest you take advantage of all of these different avenues to reach your educational goal what ever it is.