Once you get a degree form an online University, is job opportunity equal than if you went to a regular school
On that note, you should, without a doubt, know how to defend your degree. You will put just as much effort into your degree as someone going to a traditional brick and mortar school. You have to be self motivated and able to keep to a schedule if you are going to succeed at getting your degree online!
Also, you absolutely MUST make sure that the school you choose to get your degree online is accredited. Accreditation is very important when getting your degree, because it proves that the education that you will be getting from these classes is acceptable.
Let’s see, University of Phoenix and AIU. Alright, you will hear mixed reviews/opinions about both of those schools. (Really, that’s the case with any school because everyone has a different experience!) I have included a link to a forum thread that discusses the varying opinions of UoP. I have also included two threads about AIU for you to check out. 🙂
There are plenty of other schools out there that you can choose from. I’m not sure what kind of degree you’re looking for, so I’ve just included a link to where you can find a list of some of the online colleges that you have to choose from. I hope all of this helps!
Most schools like U Phoenix that are known for being “online” schools don’t have good reps. In fact, some employers flat-out refuse to even look at resumes from U of P, quite specifically, due to its reputation for poor education and its accreditation issues. Consider your options carefully.
There are reputable, “brick and mortar” schools that offer degrees online. Their good reputation for their on-campus programs will flow over into their online program.
So to be quite blunt, an online OR an offline degree from U Phoenix, or Devry, or ITT, or AIU, will only get you so far, because the reputations of these schools isn’t the greatest. A degree of any sort from UMass Amherst, or U Nebraska Lincoln, or U Maryland, will likely be seen as more acceptable by more employers, and may, therefore, get you further.
Some great universities that offer online degrees include:
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Denver
University of Maryland
U Nebraska – Lincoln
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
University of Illinois
Colorado State U
And there are others. But in general, when you’re looking for a distance learning degree, try to find a program at a school that has a good reputation for their “brick and mortar” campus.
So also look at your own state colleges, and, if an associates is what you want, also your local community college. You may be surprised at what they offer online/via distance.
By all indications, University of Phoenix is a good school. It’s the largest online university. At least that’s what my research shows. It’s also working hard to establish campuses across America. I think having online and campus options are good. You never know when you need to see a professor.
I’m not saying AIU is not good. I just have not done any research on it yet.
Do a google search and hear what people say. There is a reason so many people who get these degrees have to defend themselves to everyone, but almost nobody from a standard college has to do the same. It should indicate right away from some google searches that you will not be equal. This is not going to change either because the field of academia controls the industry (whether we beleive it or not). Since these schools are not traditional, no professors from traditional university’s like them. Believe me, acadmia is stuck up people, but they will mold the market.
Check and see if any of you local colleges offer degree programs on line, or mostly on line.
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