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  • Online Education FAQs


    How can I tell if an online college or university is legitimate?

    First and foremost, make sure to check the accreditation of any schools you are considering. Accreditation ensures that the school meets U.S. Department of Education criteria and increases the degree’s legitimacy in the eyes of employers. It also is a good sign that you will be getting a quality education. Also check to make sure you can get an actual person on the phone in the school’s admissions office. If you always get a recorded message and generic e-mail replies, consider these red flags that the school may not be legitimate (at worst) or may offer sub-par interaction and student service (at best). It’s also a good idea to check reviews from other students.

  • Online Vs. On Campus Education

    While online learning has been around for a few decades now, the last few years have seen huge growth in the number and quality of online degree programs. Nearly one-third of all students now take at least one course online, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning.

  • Doctoral Degrees

    If your career path has you on track for studies at a graduate school, you may be considering a doctoral degree program. The doctorate is considered the highest degree in many fields of study in the U.S. Stemming from the Latin docere (“to teach”) a doctorate qualifies degree holders to teach at the higher education level within their specified field, or to practice certain professions, such as law and medicine.

  • Careers and Earnings: Highest to Lowest

    Interested in learning how much money you will make at a chosen career, or thinking about comparing projected earnings for a few different jobs or career paths? Perhaps you’d just like to browse the careers that might help you earn the salary you aspire to. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released new data in its Occupational Outlook Handbook to help you determine how much you could expect to earn in your chosen career.

  • Master's Degree

    If you’ve completed your Bachelor’s Degree you may be considering whether to undertake further studies toward a graduate degree such as a Master’s Degree. Master’s Degree programs provide the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in specific topics and skill areas and are required for entry into some professional fields (see the list of careers below).

  • Associate Degree

    If you’re just getting started on your path to higher education, congratulations! Making the decision to go to college -- whether a community college, online college, or traditional on campus college or university -- is one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of finding a rewarding career. One of the first degrees you might consider is an associate degree (typically a two-year course of study). An associate degree can be obtained through an online education or at an on-campus college or university. Let’s take a closer look at the degree’s requirements and outlook.


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