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Online Accredited Education Increases Your Credibility with Employers

Aug 17, 2007
In the present day, online accredited education has made it easy for people to continue their education or to get a degree that can help them to get a salary raise, a promotion or a better job.

Online education is a convenient option for students who have just graduated from high school, as well as for those who are returning to college after working for a few years.

Online accredited education is a boon for non-traditional adult learners, who want to continue their education or get a degree to improve their career prospects.

Accreditation is granted to an institution or educational program after proper verification by the authorities. Accredited courses are preferred by students because they are recognized and valued by employers.

How is accreditation granted?

The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Region (NCA), the Northwest Association of Schools and of Colleges and Universities (NASC) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSA), are a few of the main accrediting agencies of the United States Department of Education. Clear-cut evaluation criteria are followed by these agencies to evaluate an institution or program for granting accreditation.

If you intend to join an international program, ensure that the institution or program has been accredited by the ministry of education or other governmental department of the country.

Accreditation helps students to verify the authenticity and credibility of an institution or educational program. It helps to prevent fake institutions from selling phony programs to students.

Institutions providing online accredited education

The University of Florida offers online degree programs in pharmacy, engineering, etc. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, while its College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

The University of Cincinnati offers online degrees in criminal justice, educational leadership, nursing midwifery and women's health, clinical laboratory science, health information management, etc. It is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and many of its programs have national accreditations.

UMassOnline of the University of Massachusetts offers a range of diverse undergraduate and graduate degrees online. Its campuses at Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Several schools and colleges are also accredited by different discipline-specific agencies.

There are many compelling reasons for joining an online accredited education program and these programs are becoming more and more popular. Before you join an online course, ensure that it is accredited and find out if it is valued by employers. A recognized qualification from an accredited institution will increase your credibility with prospective employers.
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Jim Zorn is web master of the Guide to Distance Learning. Visit us to learn more about online colleges and universities, distance learning degrees, majors and courses offered.
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