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Online vs. Traditional Degrees

Online TraditionalDEGREES Is an online degree as well accepted as a traditional degree? This is the question almost everyone asks about distance degree programs, and the answer isn't simple. Online Degree PROS Online Degree CONS • Lower cost to student than most traditional college programs • Flexible scheduling accommodates full time work, odd shifts, etc. • Courses and programs of study offered which may not be available locally • Written response to assignments and classes helps less outgoing students participate • No commute to campus • Interact with classmates around the country • No textbooks needed • Lack of in-person interaction with fellow students Lack of in-person interaction with professors Degree may not be perceived as the equivalent of a traditional degree by some individuals/employers • Cheating may be easier, leading to doubts about the degree • Difficulty of sorting out quality programs from less rigorous ones Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Demand for Courses and Programs (Fall 2009) Total and Online Enrollment in Degree Granting Postsecondary Institutions (FALL 2002 - FALL 2008) Online enrollment - Annual growth rate Online enrollment as a percent of total enrollment Existing face-to-face courses and programs 30% Annual growth rate of total enrollments New face-to-face courses or programs 20% Existing online courses and programs 10% New online courses or programs decreased no change increased 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The Average Postsecondary DETC Student is 34 Online schools history years old and it takes him on average 3.4 years to earn a degree Online schools have changed a lot since they first came on the scene in the 1990s. Back then, programs were new, online technology was limited, and instructors had trouble adapting to the teaching methods required for online learning. Today, more than 60% of colleges and universities including Harvard, Duke University and Pennsylvania State University offer online degrees. And with the demand for distance learning growing, top online colleges will continue to expand and improve their programs. 85% have a high school diploma or GED certificate 81% employed at the time of enrollment - 77% complete their lessons - 71% is the average graduation rate 53% female Factors to consider when choosing an online university: 40% have their tuition paid by employers 40% have associate's degree • How much experience do the instructors have teaching online? • What training and credentials do the online instructors have? 47% male 20% have bachelor's degree • How does the online curriculum compare with what is taught on campus? • Are there prerequisites or entrance requirements for the online degree program? • Does the online college offer a degree recognized by your profession? 2% have master degree Founded in 1926 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Distance Education and Training Council accreditates 100 distance institutions in 7 countries enrolling over 3 million students. Sources: collegeconfidential.com, dect.com, nces.ed.gov, online-degree-direct Online TraditionalDEGREES Is an online degree as well accepted as a traditional degree? This is the question almost everyone asks about distance degree programs, and the answer isn't simple. Online Degree PROS Online Degree CONS • Lower cost to student than most traditional college programs • Flexible scheduling accommodates full time work, odd shifts, etc. • Courses and programs of study offered which may not be available locally • Written response to assignments and classes helps less outgoing students participate • No commute to campus • Interact with classmates around the country • No textbooks needed • Lack of in-person interaction with fellow students Lack of in-person interaction with professors Degree may not be perceived as the equivalent of a traditional degree by some individuals/employers • Cheating may be easier, leading to doubts about the degree • Difficulty of sorting out quality programs from less rigorous ones Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Demand for Courses and Programs (Fall 2009) Total and Online Enrollment in Degree Granting Postsecondary Institutions (FALL 2002 - FALL 2008) Online enrollment - Annual growth rate Online enrollment as a percent of total enrollment Existing face-to-face courses and programs 30% Annual growth rate of total enrollments New face-to-face courses or programs 20% Existing online courses and programs 10% New online courses or programs decreased no change increased 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The Average Postsecondary DETC Student is 34 Online schools history years old and it takes him on average 3.4 years to earn a degree Online schools have changed a lot since they first came on the scene in the 1990s. Back then, programs were new, online technology was limited, and instructors had trouble adapting to the teaching methods required for online learning. Today, more than 60% of colleges and universities including Harvard, Duke University and Pennsylvania State University offer online degrees. And with the demand for distance learning growing, top online colleges will continue to expand and improve their programs. 85% have a high school diploma or GED certificate 81% employed at the time of enrollment - 77% complete their lessons - 71% is the average graduation rate 53% female Factors to consider when choosing an online university: 40% have their tuition paid by employers 40% have associate's degree • How much experience do the instructors have teaching online? • What training and credentials do the online instructors have? 47% male 20% have bachelor's degree • How does the online curriculum compare with what is taught on campus? • Are there prerequisites or entrance requirements for the online degree program? • Does the online college offer a degree recognized by your profession? 2% have master degree Founded in 1926 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Distance Education and Training Council accreditates 100 distance institutions in 7 countries enrolling over 3 million students. Sources: collegeconfidential.com, dect.com, nces.ed.gov, online-degree-direct Online TraditionalDEGREES Is an online degree as well accepted as a traditional degree? This is the question almost everyone asks about distance degree programs, and the answer isn't simple. Online Degree PROS Online Degree CONS • Lower cost to student than most traditional college programs • Flexible scheduling accommodates full time work, odd shifts, etc. • Courses and programs of study offered which may not be available locally • Written response to assignments and classes helps less outgoing students participate • No commute to campus • Interact with classmates around the country • No textbooks needed • Lack of in-person interaction with fellow students Lack of in-person interaction with professors Degree may not be perceived as the equivalent of a traditional degree by some individuals/employers • Cheating may be easier, leading to doubts about the degree • Difficulty of sorting out quality programs from less rigorous ones Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Demand for Courses and Programs (Fall 2009) Total and Online Enrollment in Degree Granting Postsecondary Institutions (FALL 2002 - FALL 2008) Online enrollment - Annual growth rate Online enrollment as a percent of total enrollment Existing face-to-face courses and programs 30% Annual growth rate of total enrollments New face-to-face courses or programs 20% Existing online courses and programs 10% New online courses or programs decreased no change increased 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The Average Postsecondary DETC Student is 34 Online schools history years old and it takes him on average 3.4 years to earn a degree Online schools have changed a lot since they first came on the scene in the 1990s. Back then, programs were new, online technology was limited, and instructors had trouble adapting to the teaching methods required for online learning. Today, more than 60% of colleges and universities including Harvard, Duke University and Pennsylvania State University offer online degrees. And with the demand for distance learning growing, top online colleges will continue to expand and improve their programs. 85% have a high school diploma or GED certificate 81% employed at the time of enrollment - 77% complete their lessons - 71% is the average graduation rate 53% female Factors to consider when choosing an online university: 40% have their tuition paid by employers 40% have associate's degree • How much experience do the instructors have teaching online? • What training and credentials do the online instructors have? 47% male 20% have bachelor's degree • How does the online curriculum compare with what is taught on campus? • Are there prerequisites or entrance requirements for the online degree program? • Does the online college offer a degree recognized by your profession? 2% have master degree Founded in 1926 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Distance Education and Training Council accreditates 100 distance institutions in 7 countries enrolling over 3 million students. Sources: collegeconfidential.com, dect.com, nces.ed.gov, online-degree-direct Online TraditionalDEGREES Is an online degree as well accepted as a traditional degree? This is the question almost everyone asks about distance degree programs, and the answer isn't simple. Online Degree PROS Online Degree CONS • Lower cost to student than most traditional college programs • Flexible scheduling accommodates full time work, odd shifts, etc. • Courses and programs of study offered which may not be available locally • Written response to assignments and classes helps less outgoing students participate • No commute to campus • Interact with classmates around the country • No textbooks needed • Lack of in-person interaction with fellow students Lack of in-person interaction with professors Degree may not be perceived as the equivalent of a traditional degree by some individuals/employers • Cheating may be easier, leading to doubts about the degree • Difficulty of sorting out quality programs from less rigorous ones Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Demand for Courses and Programs (Fall 2009) Total and Online Enrollment in Degree Granting Postsecondary Institutions (FALL 2002 - FALL 2008) Online enrollment - Annual growth rate Online enrollment as a percent of total enrollment Existing face-to-face courses and programs 30% Annual growth rate of total enrollments New face-to-face courses or programs 20% Existing online courses and programs 10% New online courses or programs decreased no change increased 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The Average Postsecondary DETC Student is 34 Online schools history years old and it takes him on average 3.4 years to earn a degree Online schools have changed a lot since they first came on the scene in the 1990s. Back then, programs were new, online technology was limited, and instructors had trouble adapting to the teaching methods required for online learning. Today, more than 60% of colleges and universities including Harvard, Duke University and Pennsylvania State University offer online degrees. And with the demand for distance learning growing, top online colleges will continue to expand and improve their programs. 85% have a high school diploma or GED certificate 81% employed at the time of enrollment - 77% complete their lessons - 71% is the average graduation rate 53% female Factors to consider when choosing an online university: 40% have their tuition paid by employers 40% have associate's degree • How much experience do the instructors have teaching online? • What training and credentials do the online instructors have? 47% male 20% have bachelor's degree • How does the online curriculum compare with what is taught on campus? • Are there prerequisites or entrance requirements for the online degree program? • Does the online college offer a degree recognized by your profession? 2% have master degree Founded in 1926 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Distance Education and Training Council accreditates 100 distance institutions in 7 countries enrolling over 3 million students. Sources: collegeconfidential.com, dect.com, nces.ed.gov, online-degree-direct Online TraditionalDEGREES Is an online degree as well accepted as a traditional degree? This is the question almost everyone asks about distance degree programs, and the answer isn't simple. Online Degree PROS Online Degree CONS • Lower cost to student than most traditional college programs • Flexible scheduling accommodates full time work, odd shifts, etc. • Courses and programs of study offered which may not be available locally • Written response to assignments and classes helps less outgoing students participate • No commute to campus • Interact with classmates around the country • No textbooks needed • Lack of in-person interaction with fellow students Lack of in-person interaction with professors Degree may not be perceived as the equivalent of a traditional degree by some individuals/employers • Cheating may be easier, leading to doubts about the degree • Difficulty of sorting out quality programs from less rigorous ones Impact of the Economic Downturn on the Demand for Courses and Programs (Fall 2009) Total and Online Enrollment in Degree Granting Postsecondary Institutions (FALL 2002 - FALL 2008) Online enrollment - Annual growth rate Online enrollment as a percent of total enrollment Existing face-to-face courses and programs 30% Annual growth rate of total enrollments New face-to-face courses or programs 20% Existing online courses and programs 10% New online courses or programs decreased no change increased 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 The Average Postsecondary DETC Student is 34 Online schools history years old and it takes him on average 3.4 years to earn a degree Online schools have changed a lot since they first came on the scene in the 1990s. Back then, programs were new, online technology was limited, and instructors had trouble adapting to the teaching methods required for online learning. Today, more than 60% of colleges and universities including Harvard, Duke University and Pennsylvania State University offer online degrees. And with the demand for distance learning growing, top online colleges will continue to expand and improve their programs. 85% have a high school diploma or GED certificate 81% employed at the time of enrollment - 77% complete their lessons - 71% is the average graduation rate 53% female Factors to consider when choosing an online university: 40% have their tuition paid by employers 40% have associate's degree • How much experience do the instructors have teaching online? • What training and credentials do the online instructors have? 47% male 20% have bachelor's degree • How does the online curriculum compare with what is taught on campus? • Are there prerequisites or entrance requirements for the online degree program? • Does the online college offer a degree recognized by your profession? 2% have master degree Founded in 1926 with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, the Distance Education and Training Council accreditates 100 distance institutions in 7 countries enrolling over 3 million students. Sources: collegeconfidential.com, dect.com, nces.ed.gov, online-degree-direct

Online vs. Traditional Degrees

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An education is a valuable tool and with so many ways and places to receive an education it can be confusing with all the options. This infographic compares online degrees with traditional degrees an...

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