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    Is an online education credible to most employers today?
    question posted February 5, 2011 by Robin Campbell, last edited May 17, 2012 
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    Is an online education credible to most employers today?

    I am in my final semester to earn my associates degree in accounting at Elmira Business Institute in Elmira, NY and want to know if you have any thoughts on the credibility of online schools such as: Phoenix, Kaplan, or any others.  In the small amount of research that I have done it seems as though online schools are less credible than regular universities.  I want to pursue a bachelors degree in accounting while I am working; however, I do not want to waste my money on a school that is not credible to most employers.  I somewhat understand the accrediting concept.  Does accredited equal credible in all cases?  Do you have any suggestions?  Thanks


    • Robert E Jensen

      Respondus Monitor - online exams proctor ---

      Another approach that I recommend is to outsource proctoring to local K-12 teachers or the village vicar.

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      "U. of Florida Online Bachelor’s Programs Win State Approval," by Lawrence Biemiller, Chronicle of Higher Education, September 29, 2013 ---

      'Honor Roll' From 'U.S. News' of Online Graduate Programs in Business

      Institution Teaching Practices and Student Engagement Student Services and Technology Faculty Credentials and Training Admissions Selectivity
      Arizona State U., W.P. Carey School of Business 24 32 37 11
      Arkansas State U. 9 21 1 36
      Brandman U. (Part of the Chapman U. system) 40 24 29 n/a
      Central Michigan U. 11 3 56 9
      Clarkson U. 4 24 2 23
      Florida Institute of Technology 43 16 23 n/a
      Gardner-Webb U. 27 1 15 n/a
      George Washington U. 20 9 7 n/a
      Indiana U. at Bloomington, Kelley School of Business 29 19 40 3
      Marist College 67 23 6 5
      Quinnipiac U. 6 4 13 16
      Temple U., Fox School of Business 39 8 17 34
      U. of Houston-Clear Lake 8 21 18 n/a
      U. of Mississippi 37 44 20 n/a

      Source: U.S. News & World Report

      US News Comparisons of Top Online Graduate MBA (Business) Programs ---

      Bob Jensen's threads for respected online training and education (not MOOCs) ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      What is the for-profit Laureate Education and where are it's 800,000 paying students?
      Why did key alumni of Thunderbird University resign from the Board because of the sale of campus to Laureate?

      "Goint Global," by Elizabeth Redden and Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed, October 10, 2013 ---

      Laureate Education is big. Like 800,000 students attending 78 institutions in 30 countries big. Yet the privately held for-profit university system has largely remained out of the public eye.

      That may be changing, however, as the company appears ready for its coming out party after 14 years of quiet growth.

      Laureate has spent heavily to solidify its head start on other globally minded American education providers. In addition to its rapid growth abroad, the company has courted publicity by investing in the much-hyped Coursera, a massive open online course provider. And Laureate recently made news when the International Finance Corporation, a World Bank subsidiary, invested $150 million in the company -- its largest-ever investment in education.

      The company has also kicked up controversy over its affiliation with the struggling Thunderbird School of Global Management, a freestanding, nonprofit business school based in Arizona.

      The backlash among Thunderbird alumni, many of whom aren’t keen on a takeover by a for-profit, has dragged the company into the ongoing fight over the role of for-profits in American higher education, which Laureate had largely managed to avoid until now.

      In fact, Laureate likes to distinguish itself from other for-profit education companies. It is a strange (and substantial) beast to get one’s arms around.

      Laureate is a U.S.-based entity whose primary operations are outside the U.S. It is a private, for-profit company that operates campuses even in countries, like Chile, where universities must be not-for-profit by law.

      It is unabashed in its pursuit of prestige: Laureate boasts of partnerships with globally ranked public research universities like Monash University and the University of Liverpool as indicators of quality. It also aggressively promotes the connection to its honorary chancellor, former U.S. President Bill Clinton. When Laureate secured approval to build a new for-profit university in Australia (where for-profits are called “private” institutions), the headline in a national newspaper read: “First private uni in 24 years led by Clinton.”

      Laureate likes to use the tagline “here for good.” The company has moved into parts of the world where there are insufficient opportunities to pursue a higher education, investing heavily in developing nations. It's based on this track record that the IFC invested in the company with the stated aim of helping Laureate expand access to career-oriented education in "emerging markets": Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.

      The strategy of expanding student access in the developing world has won Laureate many fans. And for a for-profit, it gets unexpectedly little criticism.

      Until recently, at least. With Thunderbird, Laureate has done what it has done in many countries around the world -- purchasing or in this case partnering with a struggling institution with a good brand, offering an infusion of capital, and promising to help develop new programs and grow enrollments and revenues. This time around, however, widespread skepticism about for-profit education has bedeviled the deal.

      The Bird's-Eye View

      Laureate’s footprint outside the United States tops that of any American higher education institution. The company brought in approximately $3.4 billion in total revenue during the 2012 fiscal year, more than 80 percent of which came from overseas.

      For comparison, the Apollo Group -- which owns the University of Phoenix and is the largest publicly traded for-profit chain -- brought in about $4.3 billion in revenue last year. However, Apollo Global, which is an internationally focused subsidiary, only accounted for $295 million of that.

      Indeed, in the late 1990s, when most other for-profit education companies were focused on the potential of the U.S. market, Laureate looked abroad. The Baltimore-based company, at that point a K-12 tutoring outfit known as Sylvan Learning Systems, purchased its first campus, Spain’s Universidad Europea de Madrid, in 1999, and has since affiliated with or acquired a total of 78 higher education institutions on six continents, ranging from art and design institutes to hotel management and culinary schools to technical and vocational colleges to full-fledged universities with medical schools

      Laureate operates the largest private university in Mexico, the 37-campus Universidad del Valle de México, and owns or controls 22 higher education institutions in South America (including 11 in Brazil), 10 in Asia, and 19 in continental Europe. It manages online programs in cooperation with the Universities of Liverpool and Roehampton, both in the United Kingdom. It has a new partnership with Australia’s Monash University to help manage its campus in South Africa and it runs seven vocational institutions in Saudi Arabia in cooperation with the Saudi government.

      In contrast, Laureate’s largest and most recognizable brand in the U.S. is the online-only, predominantly graduate-level Walden University, which enrolls 50,000 students. And even Walden is global, with students in 145 countries.

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      Bob Jensen's threads on global education and training alternatives on line ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      "Federal Trade Commission Warns Veterans About For-Profit Colleges," by Kelly Field, Chronicle of Higher Education, November 1, 2013 ---

      The Federal Trade Commission is warning military veterans to be cautious when choosing to spend their GI Bill benefits at a for-profit college.

      In a recent post on "8 Questions to Ask" when picking a college, the agency urges veterans to "be aware that some for-profit schools may not have your best interest in mind."

      "They may want to use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to boost their bottom line and may not help you achieve your education goals," the post reads. "They may stretch the truth to persuade you to enroll, either by pressuring you to sign up for courses that don't suit your needs or to take out loans that will be a challenge to pay off."

      The post recommends that veterans consult the Education Department's College Navigator to determine whether an institution is for-profit or not-for-profit.

      The warning suggests the federal agency is continuing to pay close attention to the for-profit sector. In an appearance at June's annual meeting of the sector's main lobbying group, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, a top FTC official said the agency was "actively engaged" in monitoring the marketing practices of for-profit colleges.

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      Bob Jensen's threads on for-profit universities operating in the gray zone of fraud ---

      For-Profit Declines
      "Strayer to Close 20 Campuses As Enrollment Falls,"  Inside Higher Ed, November 1, 2013 ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      Find your online degree with the SUNY Learning Network ---

      Online SUNY Graduate Programs

      Online Master Degree Programs

      MBA | MS | MA | MLS | M.Ed. * denotes SLN Affiliated campus

      Online Master of Business Degree Programs

      Online Master of Science Degree Programs

      Online Master of Arts Degree Programs

      Online Master of Library Science

      Online Master of Education

      Online Doctoral Degree Programs


      Online Doctor of Nursing Practice

      The SUNY Learning Network program is administered by the Office of the Provost.


      "Open SUNY Unites Online Ed Offerings Across 64 Institutions," by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, January 21, 2014 ---

      The State University of New York (SUNY) has formally introduced a new online program that allows students to access courses, degrees, professors and academic resources from any of SUNY's 64 campuses. Open SUNY, as it's called, is a mix-and-match service that offers access to 400 "online-enabled" degrees, 12,000 course sections and eight full degrees. The system's expectation is that people from inside and outside the state will attend courses, including international students.

      Students can use the program to start a degree, finish a degree or just take a single course. The Open SUNY Navigator allows a potential student to specify what type of program he or she wants in categories such as entirely online or hybrid, synchronous or asynchronous, experiential, accelerated and so on — and the navigation tool provides potential online offerings to fit the criteria.

      "Open SUNY will provide our students with the nation's leading online learning experience, drawing on the power of SUNY to expand access, improve completion, and prepare more students for success," said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. "In addition to these new, fully-online degree programs, Open SUNY will take every online course we offer at every SUNY campus...and make them easy to find and accessible for every SUNY student and prospective learners around the globe."

      Along with providing a central application through which to locate course offerings, SUNY is offering Open SUNY+, which adds additional layers of support for online students and instructors. Specific additions include a 24/7 help desk for technical support, a "concierge" service to act as a single source for getting all program questions answered, and extended hour tutoring services. Faculty will have access to training programs and online forums where they can broaden their knowledge about developing effective online courses or share best practices.

      Eight Open SUNY+ degree programs debuting this month were chosen based on a number of factors, including student interest, accreditation, and their capacity to meet current and future workforce demand throughout New York State.

      Among the institutions involved are:

      "We are proud of our collaboration and success in serving a qualified student population that may not otherwise be able to pursue a degree in electrical engineering," said Stony Brook President Samuel Stanley Jr. "We are joining forces with our colleagues at Binghamton University and the University at Buffalo to make a difference. We look forward to implementation of Open SUNY. This is truly an exciting time to be involved in higher education in New York State."

      Bob Jensen's threads on online training and education programs ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      Jones International University ---

      "For-Profit College, Online Since 1993, Will Close," by Andy Thomason, Chronicle of Higher Education, April 3, 2015 ---

      Jones International University, a for-profit online college based in Colorado, will close because of declining enrollment, The Denver Post reports. From 2011 to 2014, enrollment at the institution dropped by more than 50 percent.

      “We examined a number of operational strategies and determined that none would be sufficient to turn around the market dynamics,” the chief college’s operation officer, Bryan Wallace, told the Post.

      College officials said the institution wouldn’t completely shut down until it had helped all of its roughly 2,000 students earn degrees or transfer.

      The online college was founded in 1993 and was accredited in 1999, the first such institution to win recognition from a regional accreditor.


      First Monday, 2001
      With the arrival of Jones International University, higher education found its "first fully accredited online university" [17]. Jones International University was granted accreditation by the U.S. regional accreditation agency in March 1999, and is the first online university to become fully certified by the Global Alliance for Transnational Education. Courses at Jones International are taught over the Internet by part-time, free-lance teachers located in universities all over the U.S. The courses are highly modular and all involve business subjects. There is no regular faculty or participatory governance system, and no research is carried out. Critics of Jones International argue that although it has the term "university" in its title, it ought not be considered one. Altbach argues that Jones International is merely a credentialing service, "a degree delivery machine, providing tailored programs that appeal to specific markets"  The American Association of University Professors has fought to prevent accreditation of Jones University, along with similar online programs.
      "The Work of Education in the Age of E-College," Chris Werry, First Monday, Volume 6, Number 5 - 7, May 2001 ---


    • Robert E Jensen

      "‘Volatile’ but Growing Online Ed Market," by Carl Straumsheim, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 2, 2017 ---

      Online enrollment continues to grow as the total number of students in college shrinks. The growth is particularly strong at private nonprofit colleges, report finds.

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      US News 2017 Ranking of the Best Nonprofit Online Colleges ---
      Note that US News has a new service for comparing programs side-by-side on various criteria, including their US News Rankings ---
      For example, compare the online programs of Indiana University with Texas A&M University

      Bob Jensen's threads on distance education alternatives ---

    • Robert E Jensen

      Online Colleges in the Georgia System ---

      The University System of Georgia (USG) is one of the largest in the country, with a total full-time enrollment of more than 320,000 students at 29 campus locations. What's more, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) counts 39 additional public and private non-profit schools where students can earn a campus-based or online bachelor's degree in Georgia.

      Figuring out which traditional and online colleges in Georgia might be right for you can be a daunting task. What are the differences between the main campus of a large university and its satellite locations? Are you looking for a school that makes it easy for students to transfer class credits earned in a community college program? Which schools have the state's top programs for your major? Information like this can be hard to find, especially if you don't have time to hunt up all the facts you need.

      We gathered data on from the NCES and other U.S. Department of Education sources on 50+ schools in Georgia and analyzed it with our 13-point methodology. Schools that stood out in multiple categories earned the right to be called the best campus-based and online colleges in Georgia.

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      Bob Jensen's threads on distance higher education ---