Why Simone Biles Chose An Online College Over UCLA

“I know what it means to rise out of challenging circumstances and be given an opportunity,” says Simone Biles on being a student at University of the People (UoPeople).

For my latest Forbes article, I had a chance to speak with Biles and other education leaders about online education and when it's the right choice. Simone Biles chose University of the People because the flexible format enabled her to continue with her gynmastics schedule. In addition, Simone Biles is very much a believer in the open access (free) education that University of the People provides. 

I also covered the Smartly MBA Program, which was founded by former Rosetta Stone CEO Tom Adams. Smartly emphasizes a user-driven, concise and fun learning experience.

Students of Smartly’s free MBA include Forbes Under 30 winners Kaitlyn Yang and Mary Iafelice, both of whom are entrepreneurs. Founder of Alpha Studios, an LA-based post production company, Yang chose Smartly to advance her...

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