Today's workforce is the most educated in the history of our country. Because of this increase in education, hiring requirements have become tougher, putting more jobs out of reach for people who do not have a college education. In order to be competitive in the workforce, more and more people are researching their options for obtaining an education.
Whether you are a recent high school graduate, military veteran, stay at-home parent attempting to re-enter the workforce or a working professional looking to continue your education, an online university may be the right option for you.
According to the OEDb (Open Education Database), there are several advantages to attending class online. Those advantages include:
- Wider variety of degree programs
- Lower tuition costs
- More comfortable learning environment
- Convenience and flexibility
- More interaction and greater ability to concentrate
- Career growth - more than 50% of students are online.
- Continued employment while attending school - some employers even pay tuition.
- Less commuting
- Improved technical skills
- Transferable credits
Once you decide to attend an online university, it is important to understand what to look for in a reputable program. When searching for a school, the most important thing to look for is accreditation. And, the accreditation should come from a well-respected accreditation body, such as The Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
After you have confirmed that a university is accredited, you should also research their reputation. Look for testimonials from students who have attended, or are attending the school. Many universities will make these readily available on their sites. You may also be able to find reviews of the school on independent college ranking websites.
Lastly, ask for a demo or trial with the College or University. This will allow you to demo the platform, interact with mambers of the staff and test drive your eLearning skills. In addition to a good learning platform, you must be ready to make time in your schedule for coursework and communiation with your instructors.
Making the decision to further your education is just the first step. Finding the right school is also an important part of completing your educational journey. Contact us today and let us help you reach your goal.