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Debunking the Myths about Online Bachelor Degree Programs

Aug 17, 2007
There are many people who wonder about an online bachelor degree program and what exactly the advantages might be. As these programs begin to gain acclaim, there will continue to be questions. Potential students will want to know what they offer and whether an online degree is better than a degree from a regular university. The myths continue to pile up when concerning these things. If you are considering getting your degree online, then you must be educated about the different programs. Here is a look at some of the myths that are often associated with online bachelor degree programs.

Myth number one, an online bachelor degree program is not as recognized
This is absolutely not true. Online programs are just as recognized as any university. When you are considering where to get a college degree, it is important to make sure the university is accredited correctly. While this is a concern with most four-year universities, you should take special care to ensure that the program of your choice is accredited. If you gain an education from an accredited program, then it will be as respected as any university in the nation.

Myth number two, problems with reputation
Online degree programs are becoming more popular with universities all over the world. Even popular four year universities are offering some sort of online bachelor degree program for certain students who are more suited towards this format. Many people believe that because a degree is earned with an online university, it does not carry as much clout. Online degree programs are geared towards individuals that do not have the time to take in a four-year education, or are possibly even continuing their education. Employers understand that, as well. With an online education, you will gain as much respect as with any other college degree.

Myth number three, businesses are more likely to hire a person with a traditional bachelor degree
Studies show that businesses and employers show little preference for one over another. Generally, simply having completed college is the qualifying aspect that will get you in the door. After that, your qualifications, experience, and personality will land the job. In many cases, applicants who hold an online bachelor degree will impress employers. In getting this degree, it shows that the person had the initiative and drive to gain the education needed and become more qualified for the career they wish to pursue. Businesses are always looking for people who have that motivation.

Myth number four, the price is too high
Compared to many four-year universities, the price is actually very low. While it may seem like you are paying a lot for the cost of running the online program, in most situations the price per course is much lower than a university. You must also take into account that gaining this degree will afford you the opportunity to make more money in the future. Not all online programs are the same. Like with traditional universities, they can be divided into categories. Private, public, specialized, and religiously based online universities offer different things. Finding the one to suit your needs will go a long way toward gaining a quality education at a value.

Online bachelor degree programs are growing in popularity and employers are taking notice. Despite common myths, there is no stigma associated with obtaining your education online as opposed to a traditional degree. By gaining the education qualification and valuable experience, you can position yourself to move to the top of the business world in a hurry.
About the Author
Andy West is a freelance writer for Virginia College. Virginia College Online offers many Online Bachelor Degree programs. Please visit Virginia College Online at http://www.vconline.edu/index.cfm to select the online program that is right for you.
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