What’s an Online Degree Worth in 2015?

Media Planet | October 20, 2015 Today, online programs are making it possible for more people to earn a degree and make a difference in the world around them. 

To be competitive as a nation and solve complex societal issues worldwide, we need individuals who are critical thinkers and problem solvers, who propel the organizations and communities they are a part of forward. And education is essential to our individual and collective success.

Long-term planning
By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in the economy will require some postsecondary education and training beyond high school. Online learning has proven to be a good option for a growing number of learners—perhaps you’re one of them.

Not too long ago, students, educators and employers looked at online learning with a fair amount of skepticism. Today, however, online learning is everywhere. Trust and acceptance have replaced skepticism as accredited institutions—from your local community college to Ivy League universities—are offering online learning opportunities.

"The workforce and the world need educated leaders, thinkers and doers."

And the quality of graduates from online programs is on par or better than campus-based programs. In fact, the majority of academic officers on the frontlines of higher education now rate learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face instruction.

What’s in a name
What’s more, employers recognize that the name of your college and the type of degree you earn is more important than whether you attended online or on campus. A Zogby International survey revealed 83 percent of employers said an online degree is as credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program.

Ultimately, your online degree not only changes your life by positioning you for a new career or to step up into that executive role you’ve been aspiring to. It also positions you to have an impact on the world around you. The workforce and the world need educated leaders, thinkers and doers. So whether you’ve studied online, in the classroom or both, your contributions will be equally valued.

KAREN PEDERSEN, PH.D., editorial@mediaplanet.com

SOURCE Media Planet