Online education has become a much sought out and popular approach to obtaining a college education. There are many programs in existence now, and many more continue to pop up in an attempt to provide a service to a segmented population. Initially, online education was for the busy professional who could not pursue a college degree in a traditional setting due to work restraints, and needed a college degree to advance their career. Since the start of this revolutionized approach to education, much has been discussed on the topic, and just as of late it has become wise to proceed with caution when pursuing an online degree. Rightfully so.
Unfortunately, the initial purpose for online education has been dress up in whole different attire, and nowadays everybody is welcome to attend.
Like so many new enterprises in our society, the initial purpose always tends to get toss aside once the venture shows strong capital gains. Money changes the picture of everything once it is realized by the powers to be that they got a good thing going’. Let’s restructure, let’s recreate, let’s rework the marketing plan cause people are loving this product, and we can get more and more and more MONEY. With online education the doors opened up for people who were never a part of the initial target group. But they wanted in, they wanted a piece of the action, and now we have a problem.
When considering an online degree there are many factors you need to consider:
1. What is the value of your degree, and in what way will it impact your career?
2. What is the turnaround time for your degree? After receiving your degree, how long will it take for you to advance within your current organization, or become employable with another organization?
3. Is your degree going to require additional education like graduate school to be effective, and if so, are there reputable traditional schools willing to accept an online degree?
4. Do the college and/or university where you’ll be attending have job placement, alumni organization, and what is the status of other graduates in regards to employability?
5. How many professors are teaching in their field of study? How many years of work experience does the professors have besides teaching? What type of degrees does the average professor have?
6. How long has the school been in existence? Who founded it? Is there a board of Directors?
7. Get all the specifics. Whatever degree you’re planning on obtaining, research that degree. A Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Management is what?
8. Seek out career counseling from an outside professional counselor before enrolling.
When obtaining an online degree, you need to remain objective and proactive, and by no means do not get suckered in by gimmicks.