Getting a bachelor's or master's degree online is becoming more and more appealing to many individuals, but what do recruiters think of online degrees when it comes to the hiring process? Are they viewed the same as traditional degrees from a major university?
Currently, almost all (close to 90 percent) universities provide or plan to provide some sort of online program in addition to offering traditional classes and degrees. Schools are seeing the value and benefits that attending class online provides.
Fortunately, with more and more people attending school online, employers do value and recognize online degrees. They do view the institutions differently, though.
For example, a degree obtained online from Arizona State University may be viewed differently by some employers than a degree from University of Phoenix or Jones International, which are both online-only institutions.
A survey conducted by Vault.com found that more than 75 percent of employers look at the institution and rank the traditional institutions higher than the online-only institutions. They don't seem to care if the degree was obtained online or traditionally, though.
U.S. News found that in 2011, more than 6 million people were taking at least one class online.
Benefits of taking classes or obtaining degrees online include:
As a recruiter, it's up to you to decide whether or not you wish to recognize an online degree.
Keep in mind, though, that online degrees are becoming increasingly popular. They require the same level of discipline and organization skills that traditional schools demand.
In fact, obtaining a degree online is perhaps more challenging than obtaining one on campus because the person is most likely juggling things other than schooling - such as a family and/or a job.
At the end of the day, would you hire someone with an online degree?
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About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer living in Glendale, AZ. She writes on online degrees, small businesses and personal finance.