Online education can be convenient and budget friendly but there are a number of programs that are substandard and not capable of providing quality education. Attending an online university program does not have to be a gamble, thanks to the work of accreditation agencies.
These agencies are responsible for setting educational standards for institutions of higher learning and determining whether or not their learning programs and operations meet those standards. Institutions that meet set standards are granted accreditation. Accreditation agencies then inform the United States Secretary of Education of their findings.
New York’s Attorney General has sued Donald Trump’s, Trump University for allegedly engaging in fraud, deceptive practices and being in violation of consumer protection laws. This case is an example of the need to examine the online education program one is planning to participate in, prior to enrolling in the program. Be sure that the program has a good reputation and that the online degree will be recognized as having been awarded by an institution with a reputation for providing quality learning programs. The website, accreditedonlinecolleges.org, maintains a complete list of such colleges and universities and is a good place to search.
One final note, the government does not grant accreditation. It does however; select those agencies that are in the business of determining accreditation status. The list of accredited universities can be found at the ed.gov website. Prospective students can make use of this list as well, to locate accredited programs that provide quality learning experiences.