Distance Learning Myths

Myth: Traditional schools are better than distance learning schools.
This blanket statement simply does not hold any water. Some traditional schools are better than some particular distance learning ones, but on the other hand, some distance learning schools are better than particular traditional schools. It goes both ways and it’s really hard to define ‘better’ other than what works best for each individual student. Some students thrive with online classes and get their work done efficiently at home, while others need the structured environment of living on campus and physically going to class each day.

Myth: Employers don’t accept distance learning degrees.
Most employers do accept distance learning degrees. Each online college has its own reputation, just like campus schools do. Some are more highly regarded that others, but as long as your degree is accredited by a commonly accepted accrediting agency, your employer should accept your degree qualifications. When in doubt, simply ask your employer about your degree and show the school’s accreditation if necessary.

Myth: Distance learning credits don’t transfer to campus colleges.
The transferability of credits depends upon a number of factors. The most important one is the policy of the campus college you plan to transfer to. Some universities accept credits earned online from accredited institutions, while others only count credits that are earned on their own campus. It really depends on the particular university you plan to attend and which online college you took classes from. You just have to ask to find out.

Myth: If a school is accredited, it must offer a good education.
Accreditation in the US is not determined by the government, but rather by the peer groups that schools join. The accreditation of colleges and universities can come from a variety of sources. There are national accrediting agencies, regional accrediting agencies, and other specialized accrediting agencies. Some schools create their own supposed third-party accrediting bodies in an attempt to give themselves an air of credibility. This greatly cheapens the concept of accreditation, but it is widely done by “diploma mill” schools that basically give out degrees for money. If your distance learning program promises a degree with little or no work, the accreditation of the institution matters little. You will not get a good education from simply buying a diploma.

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