Do Employers View Online Degrees?
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Despite concerns, acceptance of online degree programs
is on the rise. Many corporations are hiring applicants
with online degrees, or providing tuition reimbursement.
As more traditional and quality institutions begin to
offer these programs, they will become more common and
widely accepted. According to a report from Market Data
Retrieval, colleges providing online degrees doubled
in just one year. The survey of 4,000 institutions showed
promising figures: in 1999-2000, 34 percent of colleges
offered degrees on the Internet, up from 15 percent
just the year before.
Consortium found that complete online degree programs
are offered by 34 percent of institutions. Among public
institutions, 49 percent are offering full online degree
programs. 80 percent of public and 37 percent of private
institutions offer both online and blended programs.
For profit institutions expect to increase their online
programs more rapidly than any other type of institution,
anticipating an increase of more than 40 percent. In
addition, according to Consortium findings, three quarters
of academic leaders at public colleges and universities
believe that online learning quality is equal to or
superior to face-to-face instruction (The
Sloan Consortium: Entering the Mainstream, October 2004.)
As increasing numbers of professionals receive their
degrees and professional training on the Internet, employers
uncertain of online degrees will need to re-evaluate
their position. These programs are coming on strong
in the education industry, as technology becomes more
sophisticated and the demand grows.
For more information, see Online Education Gets Accolades, Should
You Get Your Degree Through Distance Learning?,
Online Degree Programs.