Selecting an Online School
Distance Learning Alliance
There are tons of traditional schools, colleges, and universities
offering full programs online. Check out your
state colleges to see
what they have.
The key is to make sure the college/university is
accredited. I have
three basic recommendations for everyone looking into
online/distance education. They all have to do with exploring; after all,
you have to defend your assets.

1. Make certain that you have triple checked their
accreditation. First,
they tell you what it is, then you go to that accrediting body’s website
(not through the link provided by the school; instead do a
search for
it. You can use the box below), and thirdly you would visit the
Department of Education to see what they have to say. Do your
diligent research into the institutions once you have narrowed down
to a couple. You can look at the
Better Business Bureau for more
information on the college.

2. You must have extreme self motivation and be able to teach
yourself per say. This means that you will not have someone telling
you verbally, so it is up to you to get the information from the course
room, text, and other resources. The best way to look at it is like a
guided independent study course.

3. Review your goals, personal and professional. Make sure that the
school that you are going to offers the programs that match your
goals. Do not settle. There are many programs that are similar, but
you have to make the ultimate decision. Do not let it be based on
finances and length of program, but the fact that when you are
finished or near finished you will be able to assume your proper
place in the career field sought.

There are many traditional universities offering degrees that can be
earned through online methods. Distance Learning Alliance has a
list of these traditional online schools. Look at that if you are truly
concerned with the name of the school. Good luck on your search!
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