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Learn how to pick an online program employers will respect and find out how to tell if an online degree program is accredited. Join U.S. News Education; Susan Aldridge, president of Drexel Online; Peter Shea, associate provost for online learning and education professor at University at Albany—SUNY; and Judith S. Eaton, president of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, for advice on how to choose a legitimate online degree program.


Howling Sarge says:

American Military University?

Charles Kulvet says:

Is Capella legit?

Levelot Jean says:

what about grand canyon university

TwstedTV says:

I dont think that many people these days, specially those people that are looking for a second degree for a career change to go to an actual physical college or University.
In this day in age of 2017 going on 2018, most look for Online colleges and/or Universities for many reasons. Because they are parents and work and dont have time to be out in another location when they have kids.
And the ONLY resources they have to take care of their children or daycare centers while the parents work. So many parents would like to study at night for a few hours while their kids are asleep so they can get peace and quiet while studying, while also staying safely home and not have to worry about traveling back and forth to and from home and college.
Also, colleges cost more if a student has to be at the physical location, instead of online education. Also classes having limited seating because of class sizes,
As online education can have far more students in the class learning from the same teacher. Normally a teacher would have to teach 40 students at a time,
While online learning , that same teacher can teach over 2,000 students at the same time without having to take up massive amounts of space within a physical classroom.
There are many benefits to online learning for many many many reasons, and in this day in age of 2017 going on 2018 that's what the future is heading.
Also, don't forget those who have fallen into extremely hard times in their lives, either parents not giving to shits about their children, or childrens being transferred back and forth in and out of foster care and eventually being dumped into a group home and later becoming homeless, because they have had NO structure in their lives so they completely dropped out of high school.
and now that they are in their 30's, 40's or even 50's years of age, they want to achieve something within their lives, like getting an ACTUAL High School diploma rather than getting a GED.
which has a bad rep string that comes with it by obtaining a GED. So when people hear or are informed that they can obtain an actual High School Diploma even though they are now an adult,
Brings far more joy and certainty within someone's life that they are actually getting something of more value than a GED piece of paper.
For example, I have a friend of mine that is completely embarrassed to get a GED, but when she was told that she could actually get a High School Diploma instead of a GED
She is more prone to seek help to get her education problems in order…… She went to high school but dropped out at 11th grade, so she is hopeful that her HS credits can be transferred and used to help her complete her actual High School Diploma that she is striving to currently get at age 41, because she wants to do something of value in her life and get into Nursing.
Which requires high school.
Its funny how these people within this video are so transparent in their responses, though some of the information spoken are good but the rest are transparent and vague.
Also, no responses to questions from US News Education to the comments below, basically no support.
So how are people suppose to take this video seriously, if there is no support to the people in the comments below. ?

Accounting Living Home says:

These answers are so funny – because they are so biased. Underlying tone is they don't really like online universities. They all stated there should still be a physical campus. These cats are shoe-horning everyone into the same bucket. "I think most all students want a hybrid of online and classroom time." [paraphrased].
Point – school needs to be accredited, so do your research into what is accreditation, what types are there and does the school you're looking into have accreditation. Kinda putting the cart before the horse because deep research is the biggest thing one learns in college. Which leads to my next thought – degree/school reputation. Doesn't really matter. Employers in my experience don't really care. At the end of the day they really are just looking to know if you have the skill-set to complete the needed tasks. This is why its very common to see someone with a degree in accounting or X working in I.T. or Y. In the end the employer saw that the candidate was able to complete something hard and the employee was able to sell them-self as someone that can learn and finish.
Good for you in watching this video, thats research! but don't buy what these ya-hoos are selling.

Robin Gacud says:

I am starting an online program at Southern New Hampshire University and I believe they are legit.

Kevin Bell says:

very informative! I truly appreciate this because nobody wants to be stuck with a degree that wont be recognized. In terms of regional accreditation, I researched an online program whose accreditation shows up on CHEA and is accredited by Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Is this considered regional accreditation and if not will this present a problem? Thanks

uwwumass says:

Thanks for this video. Susan Aldridge is 100% correct about the big three- 1) REGIONAL accreditation; 2) bricks and mortar campus; 3) reputation as a credible institution of higher education. Also, Peter Shea is spot-on about students making sure crucial resources such as student advising is available. And finally- kudos to Judith Eaton when she said, "Don't go in with the expectation that you're supposed to get less than because you're online," and identifying online programs that make it too easy to get a degree as being a red flag. A couple of things to add to the discussion: First, beware of hidden fees. Settle for nothing less than 100% transparency regarding what the costs are. Second, ask how long you have to complete your degree. Some online programs give you a time limit within which you need to earn your degree and others don't. Time limits often do not work well for adult learners whose complicated lives can require students to step out for a semester here and there to deal with family, work, life issues. Third, we strongly believe that adult learns deserve a degree program- online or otherwise- that gives them the opportunity to earn credit for demonstrating the academic learning they have gained through their life and work experience. Adult students should ask if not only if a degree program offers credit for life and work experience, but what kind of credit (transfer or residency) and if the credits awarded are only elective credits or can be used to fulfill degree requirements. The University Without Walls (UWW) is the adult degree completion program of the University of Massachusetts Amherst- a world-class public research university and the flagship campus of the Massachusetts higher education system. We here at UWW have been helping adults earn their bachelor's degrees from UMass Amherst since 1971, first on-campus and in the community, and now the vast majority of our students complete their UMass Amherst degrees 100% online. Our students also have the opportunity to earn both transfer credits and RESIDENCY credits for their life, work and training experience. Thanks again for covering this important issue.  ~Faculty and Staff, UMass Amherst University Without Walls http://www.umass.edu/uww  

Dwayne Taljaard says:

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