Online Degrees

Many students have lots of questions about colleges that offer online degrees. How does an online class work? Will the degree be viewed the same as a traditional degree? Are online degrees offered in my field of choice? No matter what your question is, you can find out more at Yahoo Education.

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Online Degrees

Online education is becoming increasingly popular. First of all, the quality of programs offered at different colleges has continued to improve and has expanded into many different fields. Online programs are now available at all degree levels and in more fields than ever before.

The percentage of all students who enrolled in at least one online course increased from 10% in fall 2002 to 25% in fall 2008.*

What is Online Education?

Online education is an opportunity to take regular, college-level classes via computer, rather than in a traditional college or university classroom. This type of learning can be advantageous for many reasons. Students enjoy less commute time, less classroom distractions, a flexible schedule, and the ability to work at their own pace.

Students considering an online education should be aware that there are minimum technology requirements. All students must have access to a relatively updated computer and reliable internet access. This could be a computer at a library or at school; although not having a computer at home will make it more challenging. There may be other technology requirements as well, depending on the school and the individual classes.

One of the most important things to verify before choosing an online program is the school's accreditation. Accredited schools have had an official, U.S. Department of Education (DOE)-sanctioned review of each academic model. Check to see that the school received accreditation from one of the DOE-recognized accreditations agencies.

Did You Know?

Did you know that many celebrities choose to earn their degrees online? Here are some famous names with online degrees:

  • Shaquille O'Neil - MBA from The University of Phoenix
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger - BA in International Fitness Marketing from University of Wisconsin
  • Lil' Wayne - Pursuing an online degree in political science from the University of Houston

*College Board. On the internet at //trends.collegeboard.org/college-pricing/figures-tables/online-course-participation-over-time (Visited 11/12/12).