- They're Accredited
Well, not all of them, but many are. Accreditation by a reputable agency is your guarantee that the college or university you're considering can deliver the high-quality education it promises. It assures quality control.
Traditionally non-profit colleges and universities are regionally accredited; UNCG is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor's, master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees.
They're Budget Friendly
Many colleges and universities charge less in tuition and fees for online degrees and certificates than they do for face-to-face programs. Additionally, you don't have the added expense of commuting to campus or paying for on-campus parking.
They're Learning Centers
Research shows the knowledge gained in online college and university classes is essentially the same as that gained in face-to-face classes. The learning environment is different with new and innovative teaching methods, but the outcomes are not. And, you can enroll at the college or university you want - regardless of its location.
The Library is Online Too
At UNCG, the librarians make sure online students have access to all the resources on-campus students have. They created a special portal for online students to help them find their way around the website and they'll even mail books from their collection to online students that live outside Guilford County - free of charge.
Taking courses online is convenient, especially if one enrolls in an asynchronous (no set class time) program. Because there is no set class time, students have the option to complete coursework when it's most convenient for them. This could be in the middle of the night when the rest of the family is asleep, in the airport and on airplanes when traveling, or in the lunchroom at work - anywhere with an Internet connection.
Curious if you'll fit in as an online student? Check out an earlier blog post to find out who studies online.
Article by: Kelly Paul
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