August  18, 2010<br />SHRM Poll: Hiring Practices and Attitudes:  Traditional vs. Online Degree Credentials<br />Commissio...
Definitions<br /><ul><li>All colleges and universities discussed in this survey, whether online or traditional, are assume...
Online degrees: The majority (80% or more) of the courses to complete degree requirements are taken online.
Traditional degrees: The majority of the courses (80% or more) to complete degree requirements are taken at a brick-and-mo...
Private, for-profit brick-and-mortar universitiesthat also offer online education (e.g., University of Phoenix, Grand Cany...
Private, not-for-profit brick-and-mortar universitiesthat also offer online education (e.g., Saint Leo University, Drexel ...
Key Findings<br />More than one-third of organizations (34%) reported that job candidates who have obtained their degrees ...
How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about accredited online courses and/or degree programs...
How strongly do you agree with the following statements about accredited online courses and/or degree programs versus accr...
The current economic recession has led to an increase in the number of job applicants with online university degrees (by o...
Are job candidates who have obtained their degrees online viewed more favorably or less favorably than job applicants with...
In your experience, how often do job applicants identify on their resumes whether their degrees are obtained through an on...
Generally speaking, as an HR professional, how do you assess whether a university degree identified on a job applicant’s r...
Generally speaking, how acceptable is an online degree credential for a job applicant seeking…<br />10<br />Note: Percenta...
If two job applicants with the same job experience were applying for the same job at your organization, what type of educa...
When evaluating the educational credentials of job applicants, how favorably or unfavorably do you view the degrees obtain...
Applicant with an associate’s degree<br />13<br />If job applicants with the same job experience and same level of educati...
Applicant with an undergraduate degree<br />14<br />If job applicants with the same job experience and same level of educa...
Applicant with an undergraduate and a master’s degree<br />15<br />If job applicants with the same job experience and same...
Generally speaking, how strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about accredited online degree pro...
In the last 12 months, has a job applicant with an online degree applied for a position at your organization?<br />17<br /...
In the last 12 months, did your organization hire a job applicant with an online degree?<br />18<br />Note: n = 151. “Not ...
Demographics: Organization Industry<br />19<br />Note: n = 379. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding.         <br />
Demographics: Organization Industry (continued)<br />20<br />Note: n = 379. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding....
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  1. 1. August 18, 2010<br />SHRM Poll: Hiring Practices and Attitudes: Traditional vs. Online Degree Credentials<br />Commissioned by:<br />
  2. 2. Definitions<br /><ul><li>All colleges and universities discussed in this survey, whether online or traditional, are assumed to be accredited institutions.
  3. 3. Online degrees: The majority (80% or more) of the courses to complete degree requirements are taken online.
  4. 4. Traditional degrees: The majority of the courses (80% or more) to complete degree requirements are taken at a brick-and-mortar campus, with face-to-face instruction in a physical classroom.</li></ul>Types of accredited institutions that offer online degrees:<br />The online degree is offered by a traditional brick-and-mortar educational institution: <br /><ul><li>Public brick-and-mortar universitiesthat also offer online education (e.g., UMass Online, Penn State Online, Bowling Green State University, etc.)
  5. 5. Private, for-profit brick-and-mortar universitiesthat also offer online education (e.g., University of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University, Ashford University, etc.)
  6. 6. Private, not-for-profit brick-and-mortar universitiesthat also offer online education (e.g., Saint Leo University, Drexel University Online, Bellevue University, etc.)</li></ul>2) Only an online degree is offered, no traditional brick-and-mortar educational institution exists:<br /><ul><li>100% distance learning universities(no physical classrooms or campuses) (e.g., Walden University, Capella University, California Coast University, etc.)</li></ul>2<br />
  7. 7. Key Findings<br />More than one-third of organizations (34%) reported that job candidates who have obtained their degrees online were viewed as favorably as job applicants with traditional degrees (i.e., brick-and-mortar).<br />More than one-half of organizations (55%) indicated that if two job applicants with the same job experience were applying for a job, it would not make a difference whether the job candidate’s degree was obtained through an online or traditional (i.e., brick-and-mortar) degree program.<br />The higher the position in the organization, the less acceptable the online degree credentials. Four out of 10 organizations (43%) indicated that an online degree credential is acceptable for a job applicant seeking an entry-level position, but only 15% of organizations indicated that an online degree is acceptable for a job applicant seeking an executive-level position.<br />Only 11% of organizations stated that job candidates frequently or always identified on their resumes whether their degrees were obtained through an online degree program.<br />79% of organizations indicated that they had hired a job applicant with an online degree in the last 12 months.<br />3<br />
  8. 8. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about accredited online courses and/or degree programs versus accreditedtraditional (i.e., brick-and-mortar) courses and/or degree programs?<br />4<br />
  9. 9. How strongly do you agree with the following statements about accredited online courses and/or degree programs versus accreditedtraditional (i.e., brick-and-mortar) courses and/or degree programs?<br />5<br />2010 Compared With 2009<br />Note: Figure represents “agree” and “strongly agree” responses. *This option was not available in 2009. <br />
  10. 10. The current economic recession has led to an increase in the number of job applicants with online university degrees (by operations): Organizations with U.S.-based operations were more likely than organizations with multinational operations to agree that the current economic recession has led to an increase in the number of job applicants with online university degrees .<br />Online degree programs are equally credible to traditional degree programs (by union status): Organizations with unionized employees (53%) were more likely than non-unionized (39%) organizations to agree that online degree programs are equally credible to traditional degree programs. <br />6<br />How strongly do you agree with the following statements about accredited online courses and/or degree programs versus accreditedtraditional (i.e., brick-and-mortar) courses and/or degree programs?<br />Comparison by Organization’s Operations and Union Status<br />
  11. 11. Are job candidates who have obtained their degrees online viewed more favorably or less favorably than job applicants with traditional degrees (i.e., brick-and-mortar)? <br />7<br />Note: n = 446. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  12. 12. In your experience, how often do job applicants identify on their resumes whether their degrees are obtained through an online degree program?<br />8<br />Note: “Not sure” responses were excluded from this analysis. <br />
  13. 13. Generally speaking, as an HR professional, how do you assess whether a university degree identified on a job applicant’s resume has been acquired through an online degree program?<br />9<br />Note: n = 423. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  14. 14. Generally speaking, how acceptable is an online degree credential for a job applicant seeking…<br />10<br />Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  15. 15. If two job applicants with the same job experience were applying for the same job at your organization, what type of educational credential, if any, would tip the balance in one candidate’s favor?<br />11<br />Note: n = 376. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  16. 16. When evaluating the educational credentials of job applicants, how favorably or unfavorably do you view the degrees obtained from each of the following types of online educational institutions viewed compared with degrees obtained through a traditional degree program?<br />12<br />Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  17. 17. Applicant with an associate’s degree<br />13<br />If job applicants with the same job experience and same level of education were applying for the same job at your organization, what type of educational credential, if any, would tip the balance in one candidate’s favor?<br />Note: n = 404. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  18. 18. Applicant with an undergraduate degree<br />14<br />If job applicants with the same job experience and same level of education were applying for the same job at your organization, what type of educational credential, if any, would tip the balance in one candidate’s favor?<br />Note: n = 402. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  19. 19. Applicant with an undergraduate and a master’s degree<br />15<br />If job applicants with the same job experience and same level of education were applying for the same job at your organization, what type of educational credential, if any, would tip the balance in one candidate’s favor?<br />
  20. 20. Generally speaking, how strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about accredited online degree programs and accredited traditional degree programs?<br />16<br />Note: Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. “Not sure” responses were excluded from this analysis. <br />
  21. 21. In the last 12 months, has a job applicant with an online degree applied for a position at your organization?<br />17<br />Note: n = 254. “Not sure” responses were excluded from this analysis. <br />
  22. 22. In the last 12 months, did your organization hire a job applicant with an online degree?<br />18<br />Note: n = 151. “Not sure” responses were excluded from this analysis. Only organizations where a job applicant with an online degree applied for a position in the last 12 months were included in this analysis.<br />
  23. 23. Demographics: Organization Industry<br />19<br />Note: n = 379. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding. <br />
  24. 24. Demographics: Organization Industry (continued)<br />20<br />Note: n = 379. Percentages do not total 100% due to rounding.<br />
  25. 25. Demographics: Organization Sector<br />21<br />Note: n = 377<br />
  26. 26. Demographics: Organization Staff Size<br />22<br />Note: n = 249<br />
  27. 27. Demographics: Other <br />23<br />Is organization a single-unit company or a multi-unit company?<br />Does organization have U.S.-based <br />operations (business units) only or <br />does it operate multinationally?<br />Note: n = 378<br />Note: n = 384<br />Are HR policies and practices determined by the multi-unit corporate headquarters, by each work location or both?<br />18% of organizations indicated that employees at their work location were unionized.<br />Note: n = 374<br />Note: n = 281<br />
  28. 28. SHRM Poll: Hiring Practices and Attitudes: Traditional vs. Online Degree Credentials<br />Response rate = 17%<br />Sample comprised of 449 randomly selected HR professionals from SHRM’s membership<br />Margin of error is +/- 5%<br />Survey fielded July 27–August 6, 2010<br />24<br />Methodology<br />For more poll findings, visit: www.shrm.org/surveys<br />Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/SHRM_Research<br />
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