Is A Degree Earned Online Equal To Degree Learned Regular Way?
Q: I am a 26 year old male with 2 years worth of college behind me. I went to
University of Maryland for electrical engineering but had to drop out to
have kid/wife etc....I have a great job right now making 40 to 50 thousand a
year depending on bonus but really am considering finishing up in school and
maybe changing to something I really like....computer science/Information
My problem is this....I obviously have bills to pay and not a whole lot of
time to make the commute to school.....University of Maryland offers a B.S.
in computer science with classes online.....Is this an acceptable way to
finish school and graduate? Would prospective employers know that this is
how I did it? Are there any real downsides that would make this a complete
waste of time for me? Please help me decide what to do? I feel like I've
wasted my life not finishing school and that I could do so much more if I
did it. Online classes seem like the perfect thing to me but if I had to, I
would go to night school although I wouldn't see my daughter that much while
doing it... Any input would be appreciated.
A:An online degree is better than no degree. The classroom is still the best experience. Whether an employer would know the difference - depends on the school. If the degree is from "Online College" - its a marker. If it just has the university name, no one knows. Your knowledge at the end will come from what you put into the program, online or in class - or self study. You may not remember having the degree in twenty years but you will always remember not finishing. You are like a lot of people who can not afford to take the time to go back to a campus to finish college, but the online or distance learning is an excellent alternative. Make sure you investigate the school and be sure that it is accredited. Future employers shouldnt be concerned about how you got your degree, but what knowledge, skills and abilities you acquired to help them. I think finishing your degree would be a wise choice. I am in a similar situation like you do as I am a holder of an
A: degree, but I think that your problem can be easily solved. My advice would be that you take as many online classes as you can and that you take just the last semester of your program on campus. That way, if anybody asks you if you finished your degree the traditional way, well, you wouldn't be lying by saying yes since you actually "did" finish your career the traditional way. I am planning to study at Upper Iowa University via distance learning, but I am planning to go to Iowa to take the last semester residentially. Aside from finishing my bachelor the traditional way, I would like to go there to join any college society that could enhance my experience as a college student.