breaking news about getting an online degree.
says: "The term online degrees refers to college degrees
(sometimes including high school diplomas and non-degree certificate
programs) that can be earned primarily or entirely through the use of
an Internet-connected computer, rather than attending college in a
traditional campus setting. Improvements in technology and the
increasing use of the Internet worldwide have led to a proliferation of
online colleges that award associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and
doctoral degrees to students."
to the July 30, 2006 Alex Wellen article in the New York Times,
seven percent of postsecondary-school students (1.2 million) did all of
their study over the Internet.
Over-aggressive student recruiting landed the University
of Phoenix with a $9.8 million fine.
About 300,000 students are enrolled at that institution.
Employers prefer traditional degrees but 40% according
to one survery said they didn't discriminate.
Texas Instruments spokeswoman Kim Quirk says: “We don’t
hire people with online degrees."
Employers who say they do not discriminate against
online degrees from accredited universities include Northrop Grumman,
United Parcel Service, Boeing and Discovery Communications.
“We would not dismiss a résumé that cited a degree
received online,” says Discovery spokeperson Michelle Russo. The
company “would take into consideration the reputation and status of the
granting college regardless of whether it was an online or regular
But how do you assess the status of online colleges?
“The methods of delivering distance learning and the
expansion of the market have grown too quickly for anyone to adequately
measure the quality of education,” says Susan Patrick, president of the
North American Council for Online Learning.
Many companies, including Johnson & Johnson, pay
(at least in part) for their employees to get study online.
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degrees at the Open
of Online Undergraduate Degrees
Financial Aid for Online
Wall Street Journal reports:
"The more prestigious or 'name brand' the institution,
the more credible the online degree will be," Mr. Oldman adds. "A
Stanford degree earned online is still golden, but a degree from, say,
'Silicon U.' won't open as many doors to recruiters, because it's an
online degree from an unknown or online source."
An online degree won't necessarily harm graduates, but
it raises a red flag that needs to be explained. This is especially
true if you're younger and never attended a bricks-and-mortar college
vs. an experienced older student who has used online education to
change careers or earn a promotion, says Alex Bacas, vice president of
U.S. Operations for Segue Consulting, an Ottawa, Ontario-based
information technology recruiting firm.
"If someone has never set foot on a campus and is 23
or 24 years old, they won't have some of the socialization skills or
maturation that their contemporaries gained by being on a college
campus," says Mr. Bacas. "Companies spend lots of money training and
developing people and so they need to have confidence in those people.
This isn't a black-and-white issue, but whenever you give a recruiter
reason to pause, you run the risk of not being accepted."
Many people consider getting an online
degree, but worry that they will have a hard time getting
hired after graduation. But, these worries may not be necessary. Online
degrees are increasing in popularity and are thought to be more
valuable than ever before.
An Online Business Degree vs. a Traditional
Many different colleges, universities, and business schools offer
student the opportunity to get the same business
education online that they would inside a traditional
classroom. Often times, the degrees that are rewarded are not even
noted as online or on-campus, because they are the same degree.
For example, at Columbia
University, online students can earn various degrees through
Columbia Video Network (CVN). The degree is absolutely identical to the
one awarded to on-campus students.
What Type of Value is Place on an Online Business
The big question is what type of value is placed on an online business
degree? There's no exact answer to this. Just like with most questions,
it depends on whom you ask. However, according to a recent survey by
the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), more than 70
percent of corporate supervisors rated the value of a distance or
online degree as "just as valuable" or "more valuable" than traditional
degrees in the same field.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Online
University Consortium, an independent, third-party organization founded
to help adult learners and corporations identify the best online degree
programs, has reported a 24% increase in the number of quality
offerings since the Consortium was founded over four years ago. The
Online UC, which qualifies online degree programs offered by accredited
colleges and universities, has noted a steady rise in the standards
expected by both students and institutions.
According to Greg Eisenbarth, executive director of
the consortium, "In 2004, when The Boston Globe first recognized Online
UC as a group that was leading the initiative in setting standards of
quality for online education, only six out of every 10 programs met our
criteria. As of the end of this year, the Consortium has approved five
out of every six programs that have applied, which is evidence more
institutions are stepping up to quality standards demanded by students
The increase in quality of available online programs
coincides with the increase in online class enrollments noted in The
Sloan Consortium's annual report, "Online Nation: Five Years of Growth
in Online Learning", which cites 3.5 million student enrollments in
2006, with nearly 20 percent of higher education students in the US
enrolled in at least one online course.
Based on these statistics, the Online UC estimates
enrollments are growing at about 10 percent each year. Consequently,
demand is outpacing the supply of quality offerings which are growing
by the consortium's estimate at about six percent annually. This gap
presents new market opportunity for institutions that can meet or
exceed consumer demands. To achieve and protect the standards students
and employers are relying on to identify the best programs, accredited
colleges and universities are joining organizations such as the Online
University Consortium to help substantiate the quality of their
Participating schools that submit their online degree
programs to the Online UC for evaluation, must pass seven quality
criteria; including measures on faculty, accreditation, investment in
curriculum and program development, and student throughput, to receive
the consortium's stamp of approval. This enables adult learners and
companies who fund professional development to recognize the best
quality offerings from reputable institutions, and make the most of
their investments in online degree programs.
Jonathan Deutsch: "Recently, while doing some Internet
research on the curriculum of programs that might compete with ours, I
found myself on a Web site that refers prospective students to a
variety of online degree programs. I won’t use its real name here, and
will instead call it COLLEGEFORNOTHING.COM, but you’ve probably seen
the services of entities like this when you use search engines. Since
this was not what I was looking for, I closed the browser window, only
to be offered the chance to chat about my educational and professional
goals with a “live agent:” “Wait! A live agent is here to assist you
with any questions you might have about online universities.” I
couldn’t pass up the opportunity for free advice. Here is the full
transcript of that conversation with the purportedly live agent, the
Getting a college degree online has become a popular
alternative for students whose family or job responsibilities preclude
them from enrolling in a traditional campus program. But is learning in
cyberspace comparable to learning in the classroom?
Answering that question is difficult because there are
as yet no widely recognized objective standards to assess the value of
computer-based education. As a result, the online degree is often
viewed as inferior, even by those institutions that offer them. For
example, the Web site of Pennsylvania State University assures
enrollees in its online MBA degree program that their diploma will make
no mention it was earned via the Internet. But things are about to
change for the better, and a large part of the credit belongs to
Excelsior College of Albany, a longtime leader in distance education,
awarding degrees in such diverse fields as nursing, business
administration and engineering.
Excelsior recently hosted a forum that brought
together representatives from a small group of colleges that have
joined to develop standards for online education, with a focus on how
effective their programs are in teaching students what they need to
know in a specific program.
The colleges have varied missions, but all are
regionally accredited. If their criteria become the gold standard for
assessing online degree programs, then prospective students will have
an easier time making choices as they pore through a maze of courses
offered by private and state campuses, and for-profit and nonprofit
institutions. Employers will benefit as well, as they will have an
easier time judging the value of a prospective employee's online
J. Loudon reports:
Imagine earning a college degree — listening to
lectures, taking exams and trading ideas with professors and classmates
— without ever stepping into a classroom.
As many as 20 percent of college students have traded
in campus classes for computer connections.
A fledgling concept a decade ago, online education has
become a hefty chunk of America's higher education system. More than
two-thirds of all colleges and universities are now offering classes
over the Internet. In the fall of 2006, about 3.5 million students were
taking at least one college course online, more than twice the number
in 2002, according to a report by the Sloan Consortium, an
online-education advocacy group.
As defined by the Sloan report, online courses are
classes in which at least 80 percent of the content is delivered online
with no face-to-face meetings. They use computer software through which
students can access lectures, assignments and other course materials,
communicate with teachers and other students, and take tests.
Online courses make it possible for students to do
coursework on their own time, whenever and wherever they can connect to
a computer. Students who might want to meet their instructor or other
students face to face, even while taking online classes, can select a
school close to home.