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How Do Companies View Online College Degrees?

Jan 23, 2008
Today, more than ever before training is the key to keeping up with the competitive working environment. For you not to be overlooked for job promotion or career advancement constant development of your business and professional skills is required.

Organizations have started to examine which training methods can amplify methods of performance, motivation, collaboration and a lifelong commitment to learning. With technology changing as rapidly as it is, skills and knowledge have a short shelf life. There is always pressure to stay up-to-date with training and education throughout a career. No longer is a college education the end of it. Learning has now become a lifelong process.

Learning is such a competitive advantage for employees and employers. . For a business to be successful, it depends on its employees, who to be successful themselves, need quality training. By developing employee skills, corporate executives understand that those skills are the key to keeping a competitive lead in the global marketplace.

Today's labor market is tight and demands on employees are ever increasing. Companies are exploring advances in online technology to train their employees and they are looking for ways to do it inexpensively. One of the best ways to do that is through online courses.

The acceptance of online degree programs is on the rise. Many corporations are hiring applicants into strategic management and executive positions who hold degrees from colleges and universities that have online degree programs. Many of these companies provide tuition reimbursement to their employees too.

The online education community continues to grow as people make the decision to obtain their degrees online. As increasing numbers of professionals receive their degrees and professional training on the Internet, those employers who are uncertain of online degrees will need to reevaluate their position. These programs are gaining strength in the education industry, as technology becomes more sophisticated and the demand grows. At the end of 2006, the total number of students enrolled in online programs topped 1.5 million, which is an increase of 24% over 2005.

For some people they have no other choice than to earn their degree online. They have busy work schedules, family responsibilities, and they just can't stop working and go to a brick and mortar university. Their time is valuable and online learning can give them the opportunity to work and go to school at the same time.
As time goes on and the acceptance of online degrees increases among employers, they will find that people who have taken online schooling have indeed, a lot to offer. These people have to adjust their time and schedules to make time for their schooling. They in effect, become great organizers and multitaskers - and what employer isn't looking for those traits in a potential employee? It takes a lot to achieve time management skills. Students at online colleges and universities have to excel in time management. Their commitment to their education is unmatched.

For years, the fake "diploma mills" that some people would get degrees from set a course of negativity in motion. But times have changed. Employers are coming around to seeing the importance of online education. They are rethinking the importance of online learning. They see it as a distinct advantage.
About the Author
Shaun Redgate is Senior Associate at Liberty University and DL Adjunct Faculty Member. Over 22,000 distant learning students attend Liberty, which gives Shaun a unique insight into online education. Contact Shaun at http://LibertyUniversityOnline.com or sredgate@LibertyUniversityOnline.com
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