I'm certain that's true, changes can happen organically. For a long time, all of their schools used the by-mail system, no deadlines. Then they gradually moved to online, still no deadlines. Then many gradually moved to a weekly course schedule with set deadlines instead of the independent study "finish when you feel like it" approach. I prefer independent study with no deadlines. Being able to accelerate or decelerate when I choose is very empowering. Some of their schools still offer that (Ashworth, Penn Foster, Nations, U.S. Career Institute). It's not for everyone though, as many people need to have a set schedule to keep them engaged or they just lose interest and never finish.