Online Accredited Bachelor Degree

by Waller Jamison

If you are thinking of getting a degree, but concerned about the cost, one solution is to study online while keeping your day job.

Why earn a bacheolor degree in the first place?

Studies indicate that people with a bachelor degree earn more than those whose highest qualification is a high school diploma. In fact, for graduates with a degree, jobs will offer up to double the salary a high school graduate could expect.

And with advances in technology, research and our increased use of computers, it is important to keep up to date with developments, whatever field you are working in.

Moreover, in an unstable economic climate, the more skilled you are, the more likely you are to be able to change jobs or careers.

What do you need to think about before starting one of the many online degree programs? First of all, you need to be sure that you are following an accredited online bachelor degree, as qualifications from unaccredited colleges are unlikely to be recognized by employers.

Next you need to think about the implications of being an online student. Online teaching has progressed enormously over the last few years and uses interactive learning systems, which enable the student to learn using a variety of media, such as video, audio and online learning games, quizzes and exercises, as well as more traditional study by reading, writing and submitting assignments.

An online campus is of course, very different from a traditional university or college and although there are forums, chat rooms which provide ways of contacting other students and staff, it is very different from face to face contact.

So you need to be sure that you are able to work on your own, without the physical presence of tutors and other students to encourage and motivate you.

Some distance learning courses do offer limited contact with others, such as summer schools. But one of the attractions of online learning, is that you can follow the syllabus of a particular college without moving to the area in which it is located.

Some of the benefits of distance education programs include:

  • the chance of an affordable college education
  • a more flexible schedule
  • the chance to complete an accelerated degree program, saving time
  • a greater choice of programs for those who can't travel to attend college

Once you've decided that an online bachelor degree is the right option for you, you'll need to find out an accredited online school and how you can Finance your studies.