An article in the New York Times titled, “Online High Schools Attracting Elite Names”, discusses how online education has been impacted since Stanford created an online school: Stanford Online High School.
Stanford created an online educational program for gifted youth. This was a significant stepping stone in online education, as “one of the country’s most prestigious universities feels comfortable putting its considerable prestige and brand behind it”.
Besides Stanford, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the University of Missouri have awarded diplomas for online education as well. The George Washington University Online High School just opened in January.