Sunday, July 22, 2012

How To Check The Accreditation Of An Online College

Distant education is becoming more and more popular these days. It may be because people have come to realize the advantages of online education. Nowadays there are also countless colleges and universities that are offering online programs. So, how do you know which of the countless online colleges and universities are accredited? It is very important that you check the accreditation of an online college or university before you enroll to any of the schools to avoid wasting your money and time.

Perhaps you might be thinking, "what makes distance learning more attractive to many students?" The fact that one can go to school and at the same time work is already a great benefit for any student. This is especially true to students who have kids to attend to and to individuals who are poor and have to work in order to support his schooling. Another great advantage of enrolling in an online college is that you get the chance to study in virtually any school that you desire. There is no such thing as distance barrier when it comes to distance learning.

The only downside to online learning is that one should be more initiative, determined and diligent enough in order to pass his schooling. If a person lacks the determination or drive to study he may not be able to finish what he started. Many students do not succeed in distance learning because they lose interest. Keep in mind that online learning is far different from conventional education in the sense that you have no classmates to talk to or to inspire or encourage you in your studies.

In order to check whether a certain college or university is accredited, it is necessary to do a background research about the specific school. You can do it without leaving the comfort of your home or office. Make use of the internet to conduct a background research of the school. You can search using certain related keywords and by typing the name of the school. You can also join forums and check for any threads concerning about the school. Another would be to read blogs owned by students or former students of the school.

By checking online you will see the complete list of accrediting agencies. The top two accrediting agencies in the country is spearheaded by the CHEA as well as the DETC. These two agencies are assigned to accredit and online school. After you have verified each school the next step that you must do is to talk with the school's admission officer so you will know what their requirements are. Most of the colleges and universities have the same admission requirements as with their conventional class programs. Be prepared to take an entrance exam; this will determine whether you will qualify for the online program degree you are planning to take. It would be best if you study ahead of time before taking the entrance exam. After the exam there is usually an interview. This will be conducted online by either the school dean or the president himself.

1 comment:

  1. The only downside to online learning is that one should be more initiative, determined and diligent enough in order to pass his schooling.

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