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How 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.

The Sloan 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?, and Tackling Online Degree Programs.
UpdateOnline Degrees Making the Grade: Employer Acceptance Now Common, shows online learning is widely accepted and available through both traditional and online universities. See also the Sloan Consortium report, Online Education in the United States 2010.


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