Online education has made it possible for busy working adults to expand their career potential by completing their college degrees, all while balancing the demands of family and work.
Choosing the right online degree program can be challenging. Some programs claim to offer an excellent education, only to deliver a poor experience. As you consider your options for an online degree program, here are some things to look for that will help you find a program that stands out.
When choosing an online degree program, the first consideration is whether the program is accredited. The main two types of accreditation are regional accreditation and national accreditation. These terms sound confusing because national seems more impressive than regional, but in reality regional accreditation is typically preferred.
Regional accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and it means the school has proven its academic programs are sound. National accreditation is not as widely accepted and may not be able to accept corporate tuition plans or certain types of scholarships. In general, for most degree programs, you want regional education, but national accreditation is ideal for certain vocational and tech fields. Look for a school that proudly touts its history and accreditation.
Quality of the School
Another consideration is the quality of the school providing the education. Because of the ambiguity of the Internet, students sometimes find themselves working with a school that puts profits over student success. So how can you properly evaluate the quality of a school online? Here are some tips:
Technical support - If the school puts its students' needs first, it will have a strong technical support service.
Student reviews - What do other students say about the school or the degree you're considering? Look off of the school's website for genuine reviews.
Longevity - While you aren't going to find an online program that's been around as long as an Ivy League school, look for programs with somewhat lengthy histories, or that are backed by a school that has been around a while. If the school is new, look at the experience of its faculty. A new school with an experienced faculty is a great choice.
Faculty - Are the faculty members experienced experts in their field?
The School's Values
Next, consider the school's values. You are going to learn quite a bit about the world and what to think about it through your college education. Make sure the school's values are in line with your values and your worldview.
Scheduling is a key component of online schooling. One of the reasons you are considering an online degree program is because of the flexibility it provides, but make sure you are actually getting flexibility with the program you choose.
For example, Central Christian College offers asynchronous online classes, which means that there are no specific class times. Log on when and where you want based on what’s convenient for you.
Finally, consider the programs offered. Does the school have the degree you want? Is the program substantial enough to provide the training you need for success? Look a little deeper into the program itself. A good program provided by a quality school is an excellent choice.
If you are looking for a school that brings positive Christian values with flexible scheduling and comprehensive degree programs, consider Central Christian College of Kansas Online.
With affordable programs presented in a way that is conducive to learning for adults, CCC will help you complete or attain your degree, while still pursuing a career and enjoying time with your family. Explore the bachelors and associates degree programs available through CCC online today, or contact the school for more information!