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  • 1. July 7, 2009
    SHRM Poll: Credibility of Online Degrees
  • 2. How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements about accredited online university courses and/or degree programs versus accredited traditional university (i.e., brick-and-mortar) courses and/or degree programs:
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    Differences by organization sector:
    • Compared with government agencies (31%), privately owned for-profit companies (55%) are more likely to prefer job applicants with traditional university degrees to applicants with online university degrees.
    Online university degrees are in general viewed more favorably today than five years ago.
  • 3. In your experience, how often do job applicants identify on their resumes whether their degrees are obtained via online universities?
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    n = 490
    Differences by organization staff size and sector:
    • Small companies (29%) were more likely than large companies (14%) to report that job applicants never identified if their degrees were obtained via online universities.
    • 4. Compared with nonprofit companies (16%), government agencies (38%) are more likely to report that job applicants never identified if their degrees were obtained via online universities.
    Note: “Not sure” responses were excluded from this analysis. Small-staff-sized organizations = 1-99 employees, medium-staff-sized = 100-499 employees, large-staff-sized = 500 or more employees.
  • 5. Has the percentage of your workforce participating in tuition assistance program increased, stayed the same or decreased in the past 12 months due to the current economic recession?
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    n = 322
  • 6. In the last 12 months, what percentage of your workforce participated in your organization's tuition assistance (i.e., financial reimbursement) program?
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    n = 333
    Differences by organization staff size:
    • Compared with small companies (8%), large companies (25%) are more likely to report that 6-10% of their workforce took advantage of the company’s tuition assistance program in the last 12 months.
    Note: “Not sure” responses were excluded from this analysis. Small-staff-sized organizations = 1-99 employees, medium-staff-sized = 100-499 employees, large-staff-sized = 500 or more employees.
  • 7. Do you provide the same amount of tuition assistance (i.e., financial reimbursement) for courses taken through accredited online universities as for courses taken through accredited traditional universities for the same degree level (e.g., undergraduate degree)?
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    n = 406
    Note: Only respondents whose organizations provide tuition reimbursement are included in this analysis.
  • 8. 7
    n = 494
    Organization Staff Size
  • 9. 8
    Organization Sector
    n = 557
  • 10. Organization Industry
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    n = 494
  • 11. SHRM Poll – Credibility of Online Degrees
    Methodology
    Response rate = 19%
    Sample comprised of 573 randomly selected HR professionals from SHRM’s membership.
    Margin of error = +/- 5%.
    Survey fielded the week of July 6, 2009.
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