Choosing an online school
When deciding if an online school is right for you, do your research and consider the following questions:
- Does the school have regional accreditation? This means that the school’s programs meet an accepted standard for quality that should allow your credits to be transferred to other accredited schools.
- Do you have the necessary computer equipment, software, and Internet access?
- What kind of academic advising, technical support, administrative assistance, and access to faculty will you have? This kind of support is vital in order for distance learning to be successful.
- Do local colleges have online courses and programs that might meet your needs? Often community colleges offer online courses at a much lower cost than some high-profile colleges that advertise online and on television.
Online Education Database – Offers a search of accredited online degrees and a ranking of accredited online degree programs.
Geteducated.com – Lists distance learning graduate and undergraduate schools for several different majors.
Distance Education and Training Council – Lists degree programs by subject and institution (provided by DETC, anationally recognized accrediting agency).
E-learning Directory – Offers a list of online and distance institutions, a search tool for online programs, and articles on online education (provided by USNews.com).