Online Degrees Vs. Traditional Degrees

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Is an online degree a second class degree?

Online Degrees Vs. Traditional Degrees

The Internet is changing the world everyday. Students take classes from professors half way around the world, and events that were only on the pages of newspapers are now at our fingertips to see.

Colleges and universities are taking advantage of the Internet's's wealth of possibilities by offering classes and online degrees. Penn State, Tulane, and Villanova are just a few of the universities offering online degrees to those who need more flexible class schedules but are online degrees seen as just as prestigious as a traditional degree?

“Academically, online degrees are equally rigorous, and in many cases more difficult than traditional programs,” explains S. Lee Beaumont, Director of Administrative Affairs, Distance Learning & Graduate Studies, Liberty University.

Many people who want to go or return to school, can't attend traditional classes because of full-time commitments with work and family. Online classes are one solutions and one that is growing in popularity. The curriculum and degree requirements are the same as a student who would attend class so there is no “easy way out” with online classes. In fact, it may take a more driven student to finish classes per cyber-school, since it takes great determination to study and complete the school work in your own home, without classroom pressure.

Beaumont adds, “The bottom line is regardless of how your classes are delivered, the benefit a student receives from his/her education is based on how much effort a student puts into his/her studies.”



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