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Online degrees: Are they viewed favorably?

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Question: “Are online degrees (from accredited institutions) being viewed as equal to classroom earned degrees by employers, HR professionals, hiring managers?” — Suzanne M. Williams

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The education director of the HR department where I work suggested online degree and recommended a few that he had worked with. I recommend it too, but it is not easy and not for everyone.

I think in today's business world an online degree is equal to a classroom achieved degree. This is the technology age.

Getting a degree online is not easy. The pace is fast and a % of your grade is determined by online discussions and teamwork. It also helps to have prior business experience. It's definitely something that works for some and not for others. I do believe that it's equivalent to a traditional classroom degree.

The key to that question is "from accredited institutions." If the institution is accredited the program/degree requirements should be the same regardless of whether the work is done on-line or in the traditional classroom setting and therefore should be viewed as equal. It is a good idea for the HR department to outline which programs they recommend for employees.

I finished my PhD in Business Administration, totally online, in 2 years. My company (IBM) recognized it and added it to my employee personnel file.

As long as it is an actual online classwork for degree and not just a pay for diploma it is an acceptable degree within our industry.

I have a degree BA- Business Administration) from an accredited college, Union Institute & University, that now offers "on-line" degree programs. At the time I attended the college it did not have "on-line" programs and since the main college campus is not based in this state (CA), they offered the programs at several locations (usually in a business park building).

If you are familiar with University of Phoenix, before it went on-line, it is very similar to their program.

The most difficult thing to overcome, are the questions people ask about the college, when it is not based here...many automatically give it a stigma and say "oh, one of those on-line colleges." Well, I can certainly tell you that I worked very hard to obtain my degree and probably had better instruction than your typical University. It took three years to complete, taking 12 units per semester and $36,000.

I am very proud of my degree and the college I attended. If it wasn't for this type of program, I'm not sure if I would have ever finished my education. I am a mother of two, work full time with an hour commute each way to work. I was able to attend classes at night and had the option of self-directed study which was monitored by an instructor with a weekly meeting in person for approximately 2 hours.

If I don't know the person and they question my degree in a casual conversation, I will sometimes state that I obtained my degree from the name of the college I attended and if they continue on, I tell them the state of where it's based. That will usually end it right there because they don't know anything about it. My husband attended the same college (BA- Police Management) and he'll usually say he attended our State university.

I have had one incident where a person on an interview panel discussed my college degree with the other panelists for a job I was interviewing for and the word got back to me because they were negative comments. Let's just say that this person will never serve on another interview panel.

I convinced several people in our organization to attend Union Institute & University and they are attending the on-line program. They love it and can attest to its educational value.

I have a degree BA- Business Administration) from an accredited college, Union Institute & University, that now offers "on-line" degree programs. At the time I attended the college it did not have "on-line" programs and since the main college campus is not based in this state (CA), they offered the programs at several locations (usually in a business park building).

If you are familiar with University of Phoenix, before it went on-line, it is very similar to their program.

The most difficult thing to overcome, are the questions people ask about the college, when it is not based here...many automatically give it a stigma and say "oh, one of those on-line colleges." Well, I can certainly tell you that I worked very hard to obtain my degree and probably had better instruction than your typical University. It took three years to complete, taking 12 units per semester and $36,000.

I am very proud of my degree and the college I attended. If it wasn't for this type of program, I'm not sure if I would have ever finished my education. I am a mother of two, work full time with an hour commute each way to work. I was able to attend classes at night and had the option of self-directed study which was monitored by an instructor with a weekly meeting in person for approximately 2 hours.

If I don't know the person and they question my degree in a casual conversation, I will sometimes state that I obtained my degree from the name of the college I attended and if they continue on, I tell them the state of where it's based. That will usually end it right there because they don't know anything about it. My husband attended the same college (BA- Police Management) and he'll usually say he attended our State university.

I have had one incident where a person on an interview panel discussed my college degree with the other panelists for a job I was interviewing for and the word got back to me because they were negative comments. Let's just say that this person will never serve on another interview panel.

I convinced several people in our organization to attend Union Institute & University and they are attending the on-line program. They love it and can attest to its educational value.

The degree is accepted from my organization as the college is accredited.

It is still mixed, I think. A lot of people compare it to be equal. But I know many who have a traditional Bachelors and/or Masters who do not accept the online degrees as being legitimate. I think, with any major shift in a paradigm, it will take a few more years of getting used to and then will eventually become almost the norm.

In my company, online degrees are suspect especially if the college or university has a relatively unknown name. We had a former employee who bought a fradulent degree from an online firm, was discovered, and that has left a bad feeling about online degrees. I have no doubt there are very legitimate online degrees, they just aren't well thought of in my company and would probably stop someone from getting interviewed.

I have one more class to complete to receive my BS/BA degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix online. My degree has taken 4 years and I would not have been able to get my degree if it weren't for the flexibility of an online classroom. The course of study is not easy because you are online and response from the instructor is not immediate like ground study. The courses are excelerated but you still have to complete 3 units of coursework for all classes except some electives which can be 1 or 2 units.

My company recognizes online degrees as valid. We have many people attending the University of Phoenix receiving bachelor and masters degrees. Our company reimburses 100% for classes with a passing grade up to a generous amount annually.

I believe the online program has to be one that is recognized and accredited. Online degrees are a part of the new wave of learning using technology. I feel my coursework was well rounded and relevant for today's work environment. I don't regret getting my degree online.

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