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Are All Online Degrees Credible?

February 10, 2020 by Karen Grossman |

Not all online degrees are created equal. With so many programs available, finding the right one can be overwhelming. How do you find a quality program among so many options? 

Here are signs you’ve found a credible online program:

1. The school meets accreditation standards.

Accreditation is important because it means the institution has met quality standards. It also helps students find acceptable institutions, ensures credits will transfer to another school, affects whether you can get financial aid, and is often required by employers. Many graduate programs and licensing exams also require it. Verify a school’s accreditation with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Learn about UNC Greensboro’s accreditation here.

2. The online program is part of an existing campus.

Learning online means you don’t have to come to campus, but a program backed by a brick-and-mortar school with experts and experience still works in your favor. UNCG’s more than 125-year history benefits online students who learn from the same faculty as on-campus students and use the same campus resources. You get the same degree as students enrolled in the on-campus version of the program, and your diploma doesn’t mention it was earned online.

3. The school has a good reputation.

UNCG is one of three UNC system schools that has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a respected academic honor society. UNCG is nationally recognized for its outstanding academics as well as online degrees, which are ranked nationally for academic quality, affordability, graduate programs, and individual programs.

4. The school is invested in online programs.

UNCG’s online programs began in 2004 and have been expanding ever since, with more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates to choose from.

5. The school is nonprofit.

Nonprofit schools’ academic offerings may focus on arts, math, and sciences. Profits are reinvested into education. Many for-profit schools offer more skills-based training, and many are costly. You’ll also want to verify the accreditation for transferring credits and employers who require it.

Employers See Value in Online Degrees

Earning an online degree means you have experience with time management—juggling work and family with study to complete the program. This is a trait many employers are looking for. And collaborating with others for group assignments and participating in virtual discussions show your communication, teamwork, and technological skills are ready for the workplace.

Learn More

Check out UNCG’s online degrees.

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