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Are Online Degrees Worth It Now?

online-degress.jpgThere were several ads for online education outfits on the radio this morning, and it got me thinking about a brief item I heard on the news last week about a new study on online learning.

Unfortunately, it didn’t get a lot of play in mass media so I thought I should share the findings with you here.

It’s not great news for online degrees. A study by Babson Survey Research Group found: Only 28.0% of academic leaders say that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy of online education.”

And as for your job search, hiring managers aren’t all that big on online education either. A survey by Society for Human Resource Management found that 49 percent of human resource professional think a traditional degree is better than a cyber one. And 43 percent said online degrees were more acceptable from job seekers looking for entry level posts.

It’s all about what they think is credible. In a past post, I wrote about a trend I noticed in the qualifications section in help wanted ads:

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

An accredited college or university means the educational institution has an official thumbs up. Typically that translates into a state or national body deeming the school worthy of some sort of recognized certification, basically a stamp of approval. One organization most recruiters look to is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. If your school is recognized by this group, you’re probably OK.

Many of the fly-by-night online schools don’t make the cut, and you need to know that before you sign up.

Unscrupulous recruiters at these schools do any thing, even lie, in order to get new students, so if someone at one of these organizations tells you the school’s accredited please do your own research.

There’s definitely a lot of interest in online degrees among employees and job seekers out there as workers make efforts to enhance their skills and resumes but don’t have the time to go to traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms. The same Babson report found: “5,257,379 students are taking one or more distance learning course.”

Advances in technology such as video streaming and instant messaging, and the fact that so many homes have high-speed Internet connections, have made online courses easier than ever to take.

But don’t accept what you read as fact. I know many of you may be struggling to find work or change careers, but don’t end up throwing your money away on these subpar universities. Do your homework!

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About Mildred Blankson

I am a Human Resource Professional with a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. I have several years of experience in Human Resources and i hope this blog will be a great resource in helping you find the perfect job or candidate that you seek.

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