Every day, we do all kinds of important things online—like banking, shopping and managing our healthcare—and we don’t think twice about it. Yet getting a degree online still seems to raise questions. The truth is, being able to pursue a degree via the internet has transformed countless lives since first coming on the scene in the 1990s. Here are five of the most common misconceptions and real facts about an online degree.
Fiction: Employers don’t respect online degrees.
Fact: As reputable programs become increasingly visible, more and more employers accept online degrees. Naturally, they look for accreditation, high-quality academics and evidence that even though you earned a degree online, you can collaborate and work on a team. Tiffin University offers students all of the above with practical education geared to real-world jobs.
Fiction: An online education is not as good.
Fact: As with anything else, academic standards vary widely, whether the school is online or has a campus full of buildings. The trick is finding a program with courses certified to meet rigorous quality standards. Tiffin University meets that criteria with a nonconformist approach that emphasizes practice over theory.
Fiction: Credits won’t transfer.
Fact: Usually, it’s just as easy to transfer credits to an online school as it is to a brick-and-mortar university. Tiffin University welcomes transfer students and we do all we can to make transferring eligible credits as easy and seamless as possible.
Fiction: Accreditation is iffy for online schools.
Fact: There’s no denying some online schools are unaccredited, so you have to do your homework. If you go to an unaccredited school, your credits may not transfer, you might not have access to financial aid and, worse yet, employers may not recognize your degree as valid. You don’t have to worry about any of that at Tiffin University, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the European Council for Business Education.
Fiction: It’s easy to get A’s.
Fact: Getting a degree online takes as much dedication and work as attending class in person. At a good school like Tiffin University, faculty members challenge students to learn, grow and be great. Online students also get the extra benefits of learning time management, discipline and self-direction.
Misconceptions about online degrees are fading into the past, thanks to schools like Tiffin University, where students know that without risk, there is no gain. Our practical, affordable and memorable experience is helping rewrite the fiction forever.