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We have all seen the online degree commercials on TV, especially if were unemployed (which is currently 9.5% of us according to the bureau of labor statistics). These ads usually run inbetween episodes of The Golden Girls at 2pm-how dare they disrupt such a fantastic show!
I have always been curious about these degree programs; the people in the commericals look so excited, happy and thankful for ITT Tech changing their lives. (I was painting fences, and then BAM now I'm working for an Aerospace Corporation.)
The first question that pops into my head is, are these even real degrees? The second, do employers/HR departments take these degrees seriously?
After doing some digging...the answers to these questions that haunt me at night are a little "grey area," if you will.
If you are going to do the online degree route you MUST make sure your university or college is ACCREDITED.
There are many online schools that are not accredited and your EXPENSIVE degree means absolutley NOTHING (you might as well have your 5 year old draw a picture of a PHD diploma, frame it, hang it in your office and call yourself doc).
Click HERE for a list of UNACCREDITED online collegs to watch out for!
Okay so for those of you thinking of doing an accredited degree from an online school....STILL BEWARE!
Although your degree IS real and perfectly valid (state universitys and prive colleges will accept you for a graduate program with these undergraduate degrees) there is still a stigma among the hiring world.
A recent Vault survey of HR professionals reveals "30% of them had encountered job applicants from an online university; 26% of those surveyed believe that an online bachelor's degree is as credible as an offline degree, while 61% say that the online degree is not as credible, but was acceptable. Another 13% said that online degrees were not credible and were unacceptable. Likewise, 37% of those surveyed believe that an online graduate school degree is as credible as an offline degree, while 54% said that it was not as credible, but was acceptable. Another 9% said that an online graduate school degree was not credible and unacceptable."
Do you really want to risk the stima?...ESPECIALLY in the times we are living in? You could be taking the risk of winding up unemployed (or at the same level you were before) but now with an expensive loan to pay back-these schools cost almost as much as private college.
If you are a working adult with a busy schedule or you prefer creating your own schedule you should look into ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAMS from RECOGNIZED institutions (not "FOR PROFIT"colleges...which pose an even BIGGER problem for our economy (think mortgage industry)-which I will discuss in my next article).
Many established universties now offer online programs; 34% of all instututions offer online programs. In fact the Sloan Consortium research group found that three quaters of academic leaders at public colleges and universities believe that online learning quality is equal or superior to face to face instruction.
Among public institutions, 49% are offering full online degree programs, 80% of public and 37% of private institutions offer both online and blended programs.
A Vault research study discovered that 77% of hiring managers say that an online degree received through an established university such as Duke or Standford is more acceptable than a degree earned through an internet only for profit university like Capella or Jones International.
Professors who teach the online courses have said that the quality of work is actually higher from the online student than the student who is attending a physical class. The degree earned online is the same credential earned when attending a traditional class.
Now that we have decided the best "online route" for heightening your chances of better employment lets talk costs, because like it or not, money matters, unless your Paris Hilton...but that's a completley different story all together, isn't it?
Average Cost of a Public State School for a resident for 1 year: $7,000-10,000
Average Cost of a Public State School for a non-resident for 1 year: $15,000-25,000
Average Cost of a Private Non Profit University for 1 year: $21,000-40,000
Average Cost of a Private For Profit Online Colleges (ex: University of Phoenix) for 1 year: $17,000
With considering cost, one should note that perhaps an online program through a state school would be your best bet. You will save money on gas, textbooks (most online courses have an online pdf book) and housing. Also, most online students keep their day jobs while still maintaining normal salary.
So there you have it, I hope you have a digitally fantastic time learning.By Elyse Martin