Saturday, November 27, 2010

Is An Online Degree Considered A "Second Rate" Education?

Is An Online Degree Considered A "Second Rate" Education?

By E Traxler

It was not too long ago that when people spoke of getting an online degree, it was regarded as "an alternative to" the mainstream, traditional classroom-based education. But somehow online college degree programs of yesteryear were regarded as being inferior, second-rate, or inadequate, as compared to their traditional classroom counterparts.

But online degree programs have sure come a long way since the early days of their inception. In fact, they have advanced so much so that even traditional classroom courses are adopting many of the tools and resources to augment their existing resources, that their online counterparts are already relying on as their sole means of operation. Apparently traditional college and universities must agree that these online degree programs are indeed doing something right.

Not only are traditional classrooms starting to morph more into hybrids between traditional classrooms and distance learning courses, but these degree programs are earning academic accreditation from the very same governing bodies that issue accreditation to traditional schools. You know what this means, right? This means that from the government's perspective, the quality of education offered by an online class is equally on par with that offered by a traditional classroom. In other words, in the 21st century today, a degree in accounting from an accredited online university is equally as good as a degree in accounting from a traditional classroom-based university.

So if online degree programs are just as good as their traditional counterparts, then why isn't everyone doing it now? Why don't we see the lecture halls sitting empty while entire college campuses are being abandoned in favor of their online equivalents?

We are seeing that the number of students opting to enroll in online degree programs is on the rise. But it is a matter of lifestyle choice. It is up to you whether you want to get your degree online or in person. It won't make even one iota of a difference in terms of academic standards of excellence in education. You will gain the same knowledge and complete the same course objectives and take the same tests. It really boils down to a question of personal preference.

Even the busiest person can get a degree online. There's no need to allow your hectic lifestyle keep you from getting the education you deserve. Find out more about online degrees and get enrolled in classes today!

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  1. I like face to face classes better, personally, but I agree that taking online classes can be a great way to learn. I think it all depends on the person and their schedule nowadays.

  2. I like both face to face and online classes. It depends more on the subject. If it is a math or math related class, I want face to face. LOL! Better for me, but maybe not so much for the instructor.

  3. I must say well summarized article.

  4. This is really a nice and interesting post to read for..thanks a lot for the information..