I am considering taking online degree do you have any suggestions as far as their credibility and the costs?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I work for an online institution.. You have to be very careful because there are a lot of degree mills out there.. Look for the following information when you are picking your degree programs:

    If you are studying a common academic subject (math, English, or history, for example), your best bet is to make sure that your school is accredited by one of the six regional accrediting agencies recognized by the National Board of Education. These are the same agencies that grant regular public and private universities their accreditation. Find out which state your online program is operating from, and then look to see what regional agency grants accreditation to that state. The following agencies are recognized as being legitimate:

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

    Accredits schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

    North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA)

    Accredits schools in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Navajo Nation, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

    Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA)

    Accredits schools in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East.

    Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS)

    Accredits schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America.

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

    Accredits schools in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, and other Australasian locations.

    Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU)

    Accredits schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

    If you earn a degree from an online school that is accredited by one of these associations, you can be assured that it will be as valid as a degree from any regular university. Most employers will automatically accept your degree. If you are pursing a degree in an academic subject and the school of your choice is not accredited by one of these institutions, you may want to consider switching schools.

    Cost is a totally different thing:

    Most online institutions are expensive compared to their "state college" competition. You just need to look into the program that you want and how much you feel like your earning potential is after you finish and if you can earn your money back over a certain amount of time then there is a good chance it is a good cost. ROI (Return on Investment) is very important when looking at costs of schools.

    You can sometimes find good deals through State Colleges that offer online programs. Their tuition is generally much cheaper and you get just as good education.

    For-Profit Universities tend to be more student centered therefore if you want to be handheld through most of your processes then they are the schools for you. Most traditional schools will kind of let you go at it on your own and hope for the best. A lot of it is how you feel that you need to be treated in order for you to be successful. Please feel free to email if you have any questions about this.

  • 1 decade ago

    many traditional universities offer degrees online now. a degree from one of these schools will never say "online". tried and true names like, The University of Texas or Indiana University (two big online programs) will always carry more clout than online universities. Both are state schools too so they're relatively cheap.

  • 1 decade ago

    Make sure that the university is fully accredited. More information about accrediting can be found at http://www.distancelearningdegree.com

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