Acceptance of Online Degrees


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The article ‘Acceptance of Online Degrees’ explains how online education and degree programs are emerging as a separate entity and gaining popularity amongst students as well as employers. The article talks about the various benefits and reasons that leads to the rising popularity and acceptance of Online Degrees.

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Acceptance of Online Degrees

  1. 1. Acceptance of Online DegreesWith the Internet opening up an array of opportunities and possibilities in every sphere of ourlives, it is no surprise that education has also benefited from the World Wide Web. Colleges anduniversities have introduced and multiplied the number of online degree programs and coursesavailable; while distance learning has become on a whole new arena. The advantages of anonline education are numerous. When you have responsibilities like children at home or elderlyparents to care of, when you can’t meet the costs of a traditional degree at a regular college,when you need to work to make ends meet but still don’t want to give up your dreams of aneducation, an online degree program can let you do it all.As the numbers of students enrolling in online programs is steadily rising, the number of collegesand universities providing these options continues to increase. Many recognized and accrediteduniversities now offer full programs through the Internet with a quality of education and facultythat is on par, if not at times higher than those found in traditional courses and programs.Nowadays, there is no discrepancy observed in the earning of a degree either online or byattending a traditional class. As a result, employers are seeing more and more applicants withonline degrees. According to Eduventures, an education market research company, nearly 1.2million students have conducted their course of study completely over the Internet. And with therecent legislation eliminating limits on federal aid for online students, the numbers will now onlyrise.But what happens to all these graduates when they finally make their way into the job market andface potential employers? Will the time and effort put into juggling a host of commitments alongwith an education pay off in the long run? The answer is a resounding, YES! Despite concernsand reservations, there has been an acceptance of online graduate degree more or less acrossthe board. Many corporations don’t hesitate to employ applicants with online degrees and somecompanies even provide tuition reimbursement at times. This, in turn only serves to make onlinedegrees more common and widely accepted and as a result increase the number of collegesoffering online degrees.Online degree programs allow you to major in certain subjects and research shows thatemployers are more likely to favor online degrees that specialize in areas like business, themedia, marketing, accounting, technology and other knowledge-based subjects where thepractical aspects can be tested online. It is, thus, vital that students interested in online degreesresearch their career options before selecting a program.Most employers concede that it takes a great deal of commitment and determination to succeedat an online degree. The common belief being that students who opt for such courses aredisciplined and able to multi-task and balance work, school and other responsibilities – allnecessary traits to excel in most careers. Since online education also offers equal opportunitybenefits, many students feel that they perform much better as well. Learning online also allows fortime to work and to rack up work experience and additional qualifications if necessary. This isalways a plus point where employers are concerned and can only work in a student’s favor.The only major point that employers are concerned about is whether the online degree wasearned from a reputed school.Due to the proliferation of institutions that offer ‘illegal’ degrees or ‘diploma mills’ that marketpaper degrees that count for nothing in the real world, it is no wonder that employers have to becautious. Most demand that the institution you have received your online degree from is reputedand is an accredited college online. Therefore, it is of prime importance that you investigate thecollege of your choice closely and only study with a reputable and well-known institution thatoffers degrees online.
  2. 2. In conclusion, if you are interested in pursuing an online education but still have reservationsabout the acceptance of your degree, there is absolutely no reason to worry. Graduating withonline degree programs is the next big thing and is soon becoming the chosen option for millionsof students every year as a way of completing their education and improving the opportunities intheir lives.