In the current job market, as the number of jobs continue to decline and the number of workers vying for those jobs increases, the demand for individuals with training from accredited online degree programs continue to rise.
A quick Google search for online degree programs will yield thousands of results. From medical training, to information technology, to business, whatever your field of interest, you’re sure to find a program that suits your interest. But how can you tell good programs from bad, accredited from non accredited?
Accreditation allows students to know that the degree program they’re considering meets a recognized set of academic standards. It also allows employers to understand that graduates from the accredited program should be able to perform requirements for the position.
The U.S. Department of Education’s website includes a tool that allows students to verify the accreditation status of online degree programs. The College Navigator tool also allows interested individuals to check certain institution statistics such as graduation and retention rates, and default rates on student loans. The Department of Education also has a database of accredited postsecondary institutions and programs. You can access the database here.
The keys to finding an accredited online degree program that’s a good fit for you are knowing what program of study you’d like to complete, researching several options, and asking the right questions.
For more information on accredited online degree programs, visit the Department of Education’s Q&A page here.