Is an Online Degree as Credible as a Traditional Degree?
Online Degrees- Do employers accept them? Thinking of earning an online degree but concerned your degree might not be accepted by your employer? Let us help you cut through the hype and GetEducated about three crucial factors that lend credibility to your online degree. In 1989, when GetEducated first surveyed employers about online degrees, less than 50 percent thought that an online degree could ever be as good as a residential degree. Today, however, 90 percent of employers believe that online degrees can be as good as residential degrees but only if three crucial characteristics are met. Does your chosen college operate a traditional campus? Many people mistakenly believe that colleges operate as one of two entities; either as an internet only university or as a residential brick and mortar college. This was true 10 years ago, but it isn’t true today. Today, more than a third of all established brick and mortar residential schools offer at least one online degree program. Name brand schools such as Duke University and Indiana University now offer online degrees. Truth: Traditional residential colleges which offer online degrees receive higher approval ratings from employers than newer Internet-only colleges. Is the name of your chosen college respected by local employers? Employers prefer two types of online colleges. First, Backyard Brands. These are residential colleges who offer online degrees and whose reputation is firmly established within the commute area where the employers will hire. The second are Nationally Known Brands. These are residential schools from large state university systems, such as the University of Illinois or from established brick and mortar private colleges such as Stanford or Duke University. Is your chosen college regionally accredited? There are many types of college accreditation and all accreditation is not equal. Look for regional accreditation to ensure the widest acceptance of your online degree. It’s not whether you earned your degree on campus or online that matters to most employers it’s the reputation of the college that awards you that degree. It’s not how your earned your degree, it’s where you earned your degree. To ensure the highest acceptance of your online degree choose a college that Operates a residential campus Enjoys a good reputation with your commute area And holds regional accreditation