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How Do I Choose a Program?

shutterstock_5771848Sure, E-learning could be a great way to further your education while keeping your day job. But how do you separate the reputable programs from the digital diploma mills that profit from giving you a worthless degree? By finding out the answers to three quick questions before you enroll, you could spare yourself some hassles down the road.

Is the Program Legitimate?

If you’re considering taking an E-learning course, the most important point to research is what is the school’s reputation? The first thing to look into with any online education program is its accreditation: If the school has not been properly reviewed, your diploma could be meaningless in the eyes of potential employers.

Online colleges and graduate programs are expected to meet the same standards as traditional institutions and thus should be reviewed by one of the same six regional associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Many schools will flaunt this accreditation somewhere readily visible on their home page. If you can’t find it, locate the school’s physical headquarters through its website, and then check with the accreditation association that covers that region. You also can search the Department of Education’s list (http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp). Read more…


Publish date: April 15, 2009