Online universities have been upping the ante on tempting you to sign up for courses, but you need to be cautious.
Lately I’ve noticed an addition to the qualifications section in help wanted ads:
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
An accredited college or university means the educational institution has an official thumbs up. Typically that translates into a state or national body deeming the school worthy of some sort of recognized certification, basically a stamp of approval. One organization most recruiters look to is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. If your school is recognized by this group, you’re probably OK.
Many of the fly-by-night online degree schools don’t make the cut, and you need to know that before you sign up.
Unscrupulous recruiters at these schools do any thing, even lie, in order to get new students, so if someone at one of these organizations tells you the school’s accredited please do your own research.
I’m particularly angry this morning because the marketing tactics of some online universities are down right sinister. (more…)