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About strives to be the definitive resource for college leaders, faculty, and students researching online education. According to the latest data, the vast majority of colleges now offer online degree programs, including some of the largest and most prestigious universities in the country. Online enrollments are also at an all-time high. These trends underscore online education’s growing significance and influence in the field of higher education.

Despite its mainstream adoption, online education is still young and expanding rapidly. Reliable information is vital for the academics responsible for designing and delivering ever more effective online programs, and for the students who will ultimately enroll in them.’s goal is to build a comprehensive resource that delivers this information in an accessible, easy-to-understand format. To do this we:

  • Extensively research online learning and degree programs using proprietary data and other qualified sources.
  • Carefully analyze this information to uncover important details and trends.
  • Translate and report these insights clearly and reliably.
  • Build program listings that are meticulously researched, accurate and accessible.
  • Review and update information continuously to keep our resources up-to-date.

Creating quality resources takes time. will thoroughly research and review every online degree program in a given discipline prior to publication. Please bear with us as we release material across major areas of online study slowly, one-by-one. appreciates your feedback. If you have questions, suggestions, or comments about anything presented on our site–or if you work with an online program not yet represented here–please visit our contact us page and let us know.

About the Team

Aaron Tooley, PhDGeneral Manager & Co-Founder

Aaron Tooley, PhD, strives to create resources that help students make informed decisions about higher education and online degree programs. He uses his background in research to create websites with best-in-class content and information to help college leaders, professors, and students learn more about online education. Aaron is known for his emphasis on quality, well-researched content. He also has extensive higher education experience: as a student, as a researcher, and now as a web publishing expert. This unique background informs his work and, in turn, his readership.

Aaron holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from UC San Francisco. He spent more than a decade conducting biomedical research before leaving academia for a career in online publishing. When he left the corporate world to become a stay-at-home dad, Aaron’s commitment to developing best-of-class web resources followed here to

Seth Restaino
Seth RestainoHead of Production & Co-Founder

Seth Restaino brings over 20 years of experience building, growing, and fine-tuning educational websites to, where he manages production and engineering. Seth’s passion for transforming built-from-scratch web properties into substantial brands, and his appreciation for the potential of online education, help guide site data integrity and development.

Seth earned a B.A. in English from Whitman College and after years of coding and engineering digital media, transitioned to management where he held a number of senior management positions in Silicon Valley. With, Seth has returned to his entrepreneurial roots, and directs the data collection and engineering efforts (amongst other things). Seth is a devoted husband, father, and shutterbug, and lives in San Francisco.

Barry Franklin
Barry FranklinHead of Marketing & Co-Founder

Barry Franklin’s resume underscores years of web publishing, marketing, and investment banking experience. He served as a VP at a Silicon Valley software company before co-founding an online publishing firm that now owns and maintains several websites for potential university students. Barry lends his online and higher education expertise to the staff and readers of

Barry holds a B.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, though his passion for education neither began nor ended on its prestigious campus. He is a dedicated lifelong learning advocate–something that guides his work as a father, a higher education publisher, and a Board of Trustees member for a K-8 school. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two beautiful daughters.

Matt Ashare
Matt AshareManaging Editor

Matt Ashare is a writer with 25 years of experience in newspaper, magazine, and online publishing. He spent two decades working for the Phoenix Media Communications Group, as a writer and editor for the organization’s flagship alternative weekly, the Boston Phoenix. During that time, he also contributed to numerous other publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Details, and the Village Voice.

Matt now lives in Central Virginia, where in addition to researching and reporting on issues and trends in higher education, he teaches journalism at Randolph College. On occasion, he still covers music and culture as a columnist for the Central Virginia weekly The Burg.

Matt attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he received a BA in History. He took graduate courses in the History of Science at Harvard University, and cooking classes at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. He is now doing his best to pass on his love of learning, food, music, and Boston sports teams to his digitally native daughter, Luci.