In the age when smartphones, tablets, laptops, and the home computer workforce make connecting to the Internet as simple as reading a road sign, thousands of college-bound individuals are setting their sights on online options for studies and education.
There was once a time when an online degree was looked down upon, but that day is potentially diminishing. It is becoming a growing and more popular option for some. More and more people are seeing that there is little difference between the education once receives in a typical classroom setting and the one they receive working from home via computer. We aren’t necessarily recommending them, however if you think that it is the best option for you – depending on where you are looking to go and what you are wanting to get into, there can certainly be some positives.
However, just like campuses in the real world, aspiring online students must know how to avoid falling into a scam. It might seem like online colleges have a higher propensity to be crooked than their brick-and-mortar counterparts, but this isn’t exactly the case. The important thing is to look for and make sure the degree is accredited. Look for this in order to know that it is credible and that it will add to your CV and career rather than hinder it. Accredited online colleges are just as findable as accredited campuses, you just need to know where to look:
You Might Not Have to Go Very Far
The first thing you can do to make sure you’re getting yourself into an accredited school is by simply seeing if you can just take online classes at a university near you. Many established colleges now offer classes online, and campuses near you could be one of them. It’s safe to say your local college or colleges are accredited.
Know What to Look For
You may easily find an online university offering a program you are interested in far from where you live. If this is the case, then simply research the school. Personally, I like to see a Wikipedia article about the college to exist for me to trust it, complete with citations and indicators that the academic institution has a history behind it and comes recommended for the particular study desired. Once you acquaint yourself with a few websites of colleges with questionable accreditation and a few that clearly provide such a degree, it should be easy to tell these two apart as you look further.
Getting your degree online is probably no longer the stigmatized pseudo-accomplishment it was once considered. These days people hardly distinguish between degrees earned traditionally and through the Internet. But you must continue to distinguish between accredited online colleges and ones that are not. Nobody else will do it for you.
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