Author: Bryan Clark
In the past online degrees from for-profit colleges and universities were viewed as subpar alternatives to their brick-and-mortar brethren. In a study of 449 human resource professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management released in September indicates that 87-percent regard online degrees in a more favorable light than they did merely five years ago. Degrees from top online universities were viewed even more favorably.
In the past, the biggest gripe with for-profit universities was that they recruited their students, and often these students were minorities. Now, minorities make up around 40-percent of all online students, which is much closer to the 28-percent that offline universities enroll. Recruiting standards have also been tightened as the federal government made it illegal to pay headhunters, or recruiters bonuses based on each student, or how many students they enroll online.
Regulation for the “wild wild west” of the college world can only help things as most of us are working more hours than ever, and few have the time or money to attend an offline campus once we’ve started a career.
Big players like the University of Phoenix, and Kaplan University dominate the cyber education world and offer courses in everything from web design to information technology. Trying to bridge the gap between a traditional four year college and an online school, the University of Phoenix, as well as many others have begun the arduous process of creating offline schools as satellite campuses of the main online school. This is just one of many things that the so-called electronic universities are doing to help improve their image. No one would argue that it doesn’t work, I assure you. Having a physical campus as well as an online program certainly makes you look more legitimate.
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