An Online Degree

Question:

I work full time and have kids. There’s no way I can stop working for three to four years to get a college degree; however, our company only promotes those who have bachelor’s degrees into managerial positions. If I enroll for night courses at either the University of Alaska or Alaska Pacific University, it will take me forever to get a degree. I’ve heard of an online degree program with the University of Phoenix. Do employers consider degrees from them as valid?

Answer:

Most employers consider degrees from accredited online programs valid. While non-accredited programs often offer good learning experiences, those who enroll in them risk sinking time and money in programs they later learn are diploma mills.

When you’re screening potential online degree programs, look at sources other than the program’s own website. For example, the University of Phoenix’s website states that it’s accredited. While it currently is, it’s been placed on notice by the Learning Commission. This “notice” means it’s been sanctioned, indicating the program is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with accreditation criteria.

© Dr. Lynne Curry is author of ”Beating the Workplace Bully” and ”Solutions” as well as owner of the management/HR consulting/training firm The Growth Company Inc. Follow her on Twitter @lynnecury10 or at www.bullywhisperer.com.

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