Checklist for Choosing an Online University
Posted Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 by
The New York Times recently published a six-point checklist for determining the value of an online college or university. To get answers to these questions, writer Laura Pappano suggests avoiding school sales representatives and speaking directly to school administrators or program directors.
To summarize the article, here are the six issues Pappano suggests investigating before choosing an online education program:
1. Course Quality. Instructors should have substantial “real world” experience in addition to their academic credentials.
2. Educational Support. Students should have access to advisors who can make sure they choose the right programs and courses, and that they are truly prepared for their areas of study.
3. Tech Support. A good online school should have technical support experts available and able to help you with such issues as connectivity, downloading course materials, accessing bulletin boards, video chat, etc.
4. Credit Transfer. Find out if the online school you’re considering accepts credits from other online schools. This is important as many students move from school to school over the course of their online education.
5. Accreditation. This is a critical issue as a school’s accreditation can determine if the credits you earn will be accepted by other schools you may wish to attend, as well as a degree’s ultimate value in the marketplace.
6. Costs, Jobs and Other Indicators. Non-profit colleges may charge less in tuition, but as Pappano points out, they may pile on fees that for-profit schools do not. Be sure to compare apples to apples. And pay close attention to each school’s job placement rates if you’re going for training in a particular profession.
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