Thursday, January 22, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Online Education
If you're stuck in a dead-end job, a rocking resume can mean everything. But if you're looking to add another degree, spending hours on campus isn't the only option. In tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we found an online education is creating a classroom of convenience.
But when graduation came around, she definitely got a taste of reality.
Sarah says, "You have to start earning. You have to do that or continue school or do something."
Sarah wanted to continue her education, but with a busy work schedule, something had to give.
She says, "I have to work full time and I was in school full time so stress was not only to get from work to school but to do the work at night after I drive home."
And that is why more working professionals are stepping off campus and into virtual classrooms.
Sarah says, "I started looking for programs where I could be home a little more."
Over six hundred and eighty universities are now offering accredited higher education online, think of it as diploma-dot-com.
The cost varies depending on the school but it comes out to about the same as a normal credit hour.
President Ray Ferrero Jr. of Nova Southeastern University says, "The students are doing the same thing. They're just doing it differently."
The only added cost is that the higher education is hi-tech.
President Ferrerosays, "It's expensive because you have to have the technology."
Each class runs about six weeks.
You simply log on to access all your course work, download textbooks, even turn in your homework.
Tim Drake of University of Phoenix says, "It requires a certain discipline."
But the payoff is worth it.
Schools like NOVA Southeastern and University of Phoenix make sure your degree is deserved
Tim says, "I feel the development of my students seem to be stronger in the online environment and there's much more interaction between the students and the instructor."
Just make sure be for you sign up that the program is fully accredited.
Also find out if you can buy textbooks online and if you can access the online library.
And check to see if your course involves instruction via mail, phone, or videotape.
Tim says, "This is definitely here to stay. This is going to be a future methology."
Sarah's hoping her new degree will be a stepping stone to a brighter future.
She's planning on graduating in 2005.
Sarah says, "It can only lead to bigger things. It can only help."
Also, a few universities offer classes where you meet with the professor at the beginning and at the end of the course.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Associate Campus Director
University of Phoenix
Fort Lauderdale Campus
600 North Pine Island Road