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Accreditation Is Everything To Getting A Degree Online

Aug 17, 2007
Todays opportunities for furthering an education offer an exciting variety of options that for our parents and grandparents simply didn't exist. However it also carries inherent risk that the older generations never dreamed of encountering. Online courses leading to degrees and diplomas have become an accepted method for getting that education that is so needed in order to provide a better and thus higher paying career resulting in a better lifestyle and its all done at your chosen time of the day (or night). This has opened doors for thousands of people who otherwise might never have been able to achieve such success as many are slaves to their job in order to keep a roof over their head and their family fed.

The risks of gaining an education online all points to the credibility of the college you are attending. The internet is saturated with scams, tricks, and promises that can never be kept all aimed at one thing: getting the money out of the people who fall victim to the promise of an easier way. Often these predators will use such selling points as faster, easier or cheaper as their main pitch and theres very few who don't at least feel tempted at such bold promises to stepping around the very obstacles which had likely been the reason they hadn't already reached their goal.

Online where there is opportunity to get somebody's money, traps and pitfalls will be waiting for the unexpecting consumer. College education is not any more immune than the next subject. However because it is an honorable endeavor for the person seeking to further their education, it tends to lend the idea that all colleges are legitimate institutions and little thought is further given in that respect. Sometimes not until it is far too late for the student. In fact they may not realize they've got an education which isn't recognized by the real world until such time that they have went to their first job interview. What a sad reality.

Be aware that there are numerous diploma mills on the net which target students with promises of getting that diploma for less cost, much less time involved or perhaps that they offer easier classes or a combination of the afore mentioned. Therefore it is paramount that the fledging student make sure their chosen college is truly accredited by a recognized institution before they spend their money, not too mention the time involved. Even if the cost isn't a concern the time lost surely must be because money can be re-made but time simply cannot be reaquired by anyone.

There are several ways to check the accreditation of an online college but it is wise to note that none of those include just accepting the college advertised promise to be accredited by a recognized institution. I recommend either finding a college guide that provides the name of the institution that has given the college its accreditation and then checking at least one of the college leads to see if the guide is competent in its research. This can be accompished by visiting http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp which is a government created search that provides the accreditation of an online or land college so that the student can feel confident about the college where they will be spending their money to attend. Or the student can do all the legwork and check every school they are considering to apply to attend but if it isn't really necessary to stradle yourself with such a time-consuming task if you choose a reputable guide and see after checking them once that they were competent in the information they provided.

Unfortuneately according to the research I have done the majority of college guides will provide almost every thing but what's most important. It was only after discovering this need to be filled that I created a guide to online colleges which would list each respective college's accreditation (please see bottom of article for link to this site). What was obviously apparent to me is that the majority of guides for online colleges either don't care or don't know how to research this vital information. Considering that you can actually be prosecuted for practicing under a degree which isn't recognized by proper authorities in your locality or state it is something you want to have no reservations about whatsoever.

Adding in the cost of the money spent, the valuable time lost and then the possiblity of legal repercussions which could be endured it becomes very apparent just how vital this information is to be taken into consideration before choosing your online education. However once armed with the knowledge of this fact it then becomes an easily accomplished task to choose the proper school for your needs.

This much more important to those students seeking online education than those attending local or community colleges since it is much less likely a brick and mortar school is going to continue to operate without proper accreditation.
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