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On Line Colleges

Andrea Said:

How do employers and traditional colleges look upon on-line colleges?

We Answered:

Depends on the school and depends on the degree.

If the online school isn't accredited by one of the regional accrediting bodies. Forget about it. People will likely snicker about your "degree" behind your back. If an online school says it's accredited, find out who the accrediting body is and research them. Find what other schools that body accredits. If they are legit schools (state colleges, universities, and Private colleges and unis), this is a good sign. If they are all online schools or places you've never heard of (and can't determine who they are and where they are), then that accrediting agency is not a legitimate accrediting agency. STAY AWAY!!!

That being said, there are still tremendous prejudices against online degrees. University of Phoenix has gained a little respect through the years but I think people still it's a lesser degree. Some "physical presence" schools have online programs (Penn State comes to mind). My sense is those kinds of programs have much more respect than other online programs but less respect that the traditional degree from those schools.

The other issue is the degree or major. Some majors are more acceptable than others. An online math or science degree is not a good idea since there are lab components that you are missing out on. I've heard of an online program which offers these degrees, they apparently don't have any faculty since every semester I get an email from them offering to pay me if I write final exam questions for them. This is most disgusting to me because students can't learn math without asking lots of questions. If they've got no one staff who could write exams then they obviously have no one on staff who can engage students in discussions about the course material. That is not a legitimate degree in my mind. It is my belief that I need to be accountable for the grades that I assign. Whose accountable if there are no faculty members?

Lori Said:

Do employers take on line colleges seriously?

We Answered:

Why U Phoenix? Why not UC Berkeley, Harvard, Cornell, UMass, U Florida, U Texas, Berklee College of Music, Boston U, or the 1000's of other colleges that teach online but don't have TV commercials about it? Your local state college and local community college probably teach online too.

What's really sad is that most of those I list above will cost you less than those 'as seen on TV' colleges too.

It's not 1981 - in the 21st century colleges and universities teach online. It's not special or magic or even a big secret. Most employers do their training online these days too. It's just another method of delivery of education among many possibilities.

Employers don't care so much about online vs classroom -- they care a lot about which college. Some colleges just don't have a very good reputation whether you attend there in the seat or online. Some others are mediocre and some are truly outstanding.

Employers also don't care about the organizational structure of your university - they just don't. It could be non-profit, public, for-profit, ecclesiastic, etc... they just don't care. They care about 1) is the school regionally accredited 2) what's their reputation compared to other schools. Most people who tell you that the for-profit colleges are "bad" can't explain to you the difference between the different organizational structures - they're just repeating what they've heard from the traditionalists. Who, of course, would like for no new colleges to compete with them.

US News and World Reports tells us that U. Phoenix isn't ranked at all. Their online college isn't ranked. Their classroom college isn't ranked. They are simply considered (by many people) to be the bottom of the barrel when it comes to regionally accredited colleges. Is there a better one? Roughly 4000 better ones in the US alone. Is there an easier one to get into? Not as long as you have a credit card and are breathing. (which is much of the controversy over the for-profits, they're too easy to get into.) Then again, your local community college (public, non-profit organization) is also open admission and lets in anyone - but they're ok.

Want to see some real online education with a solid reputation?
* Harvard University - http://www.extension.harvard.edu/Distanc…
* UC Berkeley - http://extension.berkeley.edu/online/
* Berklee College of Music - http://www.berkleemusic.com/
* U Mass - http://www.umassonline.net/
* Boston University - http://www.bu.edu/online/
* University of Florida - http://www.distancelearning.ufl.edu/
* Cornell University - http://www.ecornell.com/ (continuing and professional education)

[note: just because they teach online doesn't mean that they'll let just anyone in or that anyone that gets in will pass. These are real college courses with real academic expectations.]

and, of course, how about the online courses at your local or state community college? They're probably cheap enough that you can pay for them with no scholarships or loans needed.

Again, it's 2010. Everyone is online now.

Lynn Said:

Anyone had any experience with any of these on-line colleges?

We Answered:

I would stay away from the for-profit colleges like DeVry, ITT Tech, and University of Phoenix. They are expensive and many employers do not respect degrees from these institutions. I was supposed to attend my first class with DeVry this week, but withdrew on the first day of class since I had second thoughts.

Thankfully, I am getting a 100% refund since I canceled on day one and never logged in, and the student loan I signed up for shall be canceled. But they tried pretty hard to keep me in. Also, look at the graduation rates of these places. It is in the 5-25% range. Sure they may be a success story here and there, but they are far and few in between. Also the companies that own these schools are always involved in bitter class action lawsuits or lawsuits of some sort.

Liberty University is an actual school that was created by Jerry Falwell. So depending on what you believe religiously and politically, I would really consider it long and hard (They have also had their fair share of controversy).

There are many non-profit schools that provide quality education. Look at websites such as www.elearners.com, www.petersons.com, and www.geteducated.com. These sites also list for-profit schools so you will have to sift through them to get to the other schools.

Some good rules of thumb: make sure the college is accredited, that it doesn't run dozens of commercials during soap operas, Jerry Springer and most daytime television, not owned by a company, and that it isn't traded on the stock market.

Also, look at school websites. There are some schools not listed in the above mentioned sites that have online programs.

Good luck in making your choice!!!

Jean Said:

Some on-line colleges are recognized and others are known as "diploma mills". which are nationally recognized?

We Answered:

This site can help you more personally--
http://www.courseadvisor.com/site/319014…


Walden Online University
http://degreewire.com/walden_school.aspx…

Hope this helps.

Dwayne Said:

How can I obtain a list of on-line colleges and what they offer?

We Answered:

Go to www.collegeboard.com and navigate through the site. It provides an extremely detailed list of every known college their price, location, majors, etc. It's everything you're looking for + more!

Felicia Said:

Where can grants and GOOD on-line colleges be found for disabled people?

We Answered:

A friend of mine recently needed similar information, so please know that you are not alone. These are the links I emailed to her, plus a couple that pertain to your particular job search. I hope you find something helpful. Good luck. -:)
Try starting with these:
http://www.incight.org/incight/index.htm…
http://www.disabledstudents.org/
http://disabledstudentsrights.blogspot.c…

Some info regarding grants for those with disabilities:
http://www.finaid.org/otheraid/disabled.…
http://www.scholarships-ar-us.org/grants…
http://www.scholarshipworkshop.com/disab…
http://www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/3…
http://grants.library.wisc.edu/individua…
http://www.scholarships-ar-us.org/disabi…
Also this guy might be able to help you:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;…

On-line colleges:
http://www.top-online-colleges.com/
http://www.geteducated.com/

Work at home:
http://www.employment911.com/home-based/…
http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Freelance…
for this one, read the related stories as well, or search for Tori Johnson:
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/TakeControlOfY…
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=how…
http://www.at-homeworks.com/accountant.h…
http://www.startupnation.com/pages/commu…
http://www.allfreelance.com/

Some links regarding art and the disabled:
http://www.artisthelpnetwork.com/datasea…
http://www.disabledandproud.com/prideart…

Other:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=dis…
http://www.thedisabilitydigest.com/Disab…
http://www.disabilitysecrets.com/
http://www.disabilityrobot.com/Social-Se…

Hector Said:

What are good Accredited On line Colleges that have Master's degree programs?

We Answered:

Check with your local state and private universities...many are offering programs online. One thingto keep in mind is that programs that require clinical time and such (mainly the ones dealing with the sciences) require on campus courses,but you may luck up!

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