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Online Degree Programs | Find The Right Fit For You

Online degree programs.Finding the right fit

Before you make one of the most significant investments of your life – enrolling in an online degree program – use this free tool to make sure you’re asking the right questions.

For traditional students, the process usually starts during the summer before junior year in high school with college visits.

Groups of eager adults and acquiescent teens shadow enthusiastic admissions guides across campuses, asking questions about everything from tuition to tutoring, meal plans to mattress sizes.

The most diligent in the crowd even take notes.

After all, tomorrow it’s off to another school. Another tour. And they want to keep the details straight so they can make knowledgeable comparisons and educated decisions.

They want to be sure the school selected is the right fit.

Online Degree Programs: What Students Look For

What to look for in an online degree program

Students say reputation trumps cost when selecting an online degree program, according to a national survey.

When it comes to selecting property, there’s on old real estate mantra that goes, “Location. Location. Location.”

Well, when it comes to selecting an online degree program, you could say something similar.

“Reputation. Reputation. Reputation.”

According to a recent report – the “Online College Students 2013: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences”– the single most important feature that matters most to students when selecting an online degree program is a school’s overall reputation.


Online M.S.W. Degree Program Receives Professional Accreditation


Master of Social Work program offered to students in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia.

By Jo-Ann Johnston,
University Communications

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program at Saint Leo University has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, just four years after the technologically innovative program was launched.

Buyer Beware: Accredited Online Degree Programs vs. Diploma Mills

beware of diploma mills

Tips on how to determine the difference between bogus programs and regionally accredited online degree programs.

By Dr. Sherrie Lewis, assistant professor of management

Are you considering an online degree program to finish your associates or bachelor’s degree, or perhaps, to start  graduate studies? Have you ever searched the Internet to look for programs that suit your interests, budget or lifestyle?

As a potential student, it is important that you know and understand the characteristics of programs that make your degree valued by potential employers – and those that don’t.


Choosing Regionally Accredited Online Degree Programs Matters


If you attend a regionally accredited school, you shouldn't have to worry about your degree being accepted by employers or graduate schools. 

It would be a nightmare to invest months or years of irreplaceable time – and money – to find out that the online courses you took will not transfer to another school, or the online degree you earned is meaningless in the eyes of a potential employer.

You can prevent that from happening.

When researching online universities and online degree programs, you need to be concerned about the quality and rigor of the education the school provides to ensure it will prepare you properly for your chosen field.

And that’s what accreditation is all about.

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