How to find the right online degree program
Finding the balance between education and other responsibilities can be a monumental task especially when you take into consideration factors such as managing the tuition, traveling expenses, the commitment to your program along with daily responsibilities. This is where an online degree comes into play.
But how can you find the right online degree program? What can you do to make sure you make the right choice about your degree? The following points should help you find the right online degree program to fit your needs, personal interests and professional goals.
Self-motivation & discipline
One of the biggest advantages of pursuing a degree online is the freedom to study at a pace most convenient to you. However, it is important for you to remember that in order to complete assignments and meet deadlines, a certain amount of self-motivation and discipline is required on your part. If there is no doubt in your mind about doing what is required to complete your program (and do it well!), should you look into an online degree program.
Know your interests & do your research well
Take time to identify your interests; the level of education youâ€™d like to obtain and the career you envision for yourself. List your interests and search for colleges that provide online programs in these areas. Independence University is an example of an accredited college that offers online degree programs in healthcare and business.
The Internet acts as a great tool to help you narrow down your choices by providing reviews and testimonials by students who have studied at these colleges. A look at an Independence University review will give you more information about the legitimacy of their programs. Most of the Independence University reviews give details about their accreditation, the financial aid programs it supports, and the overall satisfaction of students with the college, but itâ€™s always good to call the college directly and speak to the admissions office.
Once you find an online degree program that suits your liking and needs, spend some time asking the collegeâ€™s admissions office a few questions:
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Is the college accredited? If yes, then is it a recognized accrediting body? You can check with the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), as both these organizations maintain databases of recognized accrediting bodies. How many students are currently enrolled in the degree programs? What is the student-teacher ratio? What financial aid programs are supported and/or offered? Are career services offered to the students? What technical support and student services are offered to the students during their program? What is the college’s refund policy should you decide to discontinue with your program?
Utlimately your success in the degree program will largely depend upon the conscious efforts you take in familiarizing yourself with how an online class works, how actively you participate in student chat rooms and discussion boards, and how well you maintain a healthy flow of communication with your instructors and complete your assignments.
Finding the balance between education and other responsibilities can be a monumental task especially when you take into consideration factor...