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Go for State Universities, if it has to be Online

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With the steady increase in distance education enrollment, attending online programs has become more the preference for learning models than a try-out for something new.

It’s human nature to follow what’s new, especially when it has been immersed in advertisement.

Type “online programs” in any major searching engine and you will see the vast sea of schools offering these programs, most of which are private. Considering that private online schools are the pioneer in distance education, it is no wonder that they occupy a larger market share.

Click any link and all you get is the propaganda of how high-quality and all-encompassing the programs offered by the specific school are.

Hold your urge and ask this: Is that all true?

No, it isn’t. It is my pure assumption that you should pick a public university if you decide to attend online programs. To make that sound less subjective or absolute, I hereby fill you in.

The problems of programs offered by private online schools

To clear up the misunderstanding or hostility, first I’d like to say that there are a few private online schools that are actually very distinguished for their quality programs.

But unfortunately, most of the online schools you see after the web search are likely to be private ones. I have no idea of why is that. So now let’s get directly to the problems (complaints or concerns, whatever you phrase them) private online programs have.

– Diploma mill

We don’t pay and attend online schools for nothing. Most of us are degree-driven, whether it is an associate or doctor degree. That is to say we count on the private online programs to produce a degree. But, it is not just any degree. We want the degree to be of quality so that it can be accepted, recognized by the society.

But sadly, a lot of online programs offered by so many private schools produce degrees for degrees’ sake.

The courses are basically introduction of low-levels; the curriculum is less than rigorous. And most importantly, there is one thing you need to know.

Teachers of these schools are often employed on part-time basis. Not many of them hold master’s degree. Some are lecturers only. How much can you count on them? Do you really think you can get quality education from them? Do you believe that you are going to earn a doctor degree in Computer Science when your instructor only holds a bachelor’s?

Anyway, you get the point.

– Overcharge

This is old news. The annual tuition and fees at one private online university is twice that of public schools.

Now think about this, are the inferior online programs worth that much money? Don’t think so.

– Poor student services

It is understandable that e-learners need more help and support in the process of attending online programs. Since they are away from the campus (if some private online schools have any), they can only call or email when they need help.

But it seems that the student service center (if some private online schools set up any) exists in name only. E-learners at some private university that provides online programs know how hard it can be to have the attention of their academic counselors or supervisors

What are the advantages state schools have?

So many advantages

– They are legitimate

– The costs would be lower for state residents

– They have long earned the reputation and recognition

– They provide scholarship, financial aid and student loans

– Teaching faculty are residential, authentic degree-holders

– They have student support centers that work

– They are more accepted by the society, potential employers included

It is a long list, but you already know the difference between online private schools which don’t have a campus and state schools that are fully facilitated.

What are the trustable state schools offering online programs?

With time passing by, more and more state schools across the country now offer programs that can be attended online.

– In California

There are California State University Bakersfield that offers Environment Resources Management; California State University Chio that offers Computer Science; University of California, Irvine that offers Criminology, Law, and Society.

Programs like Humanities External Degree, Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding; Public Administration; and Engineering Management are available online at California State University Dominguez Hills.

– In Massachusetts

Here you can enroll Framingham State College to study programs like Liberal Studies, Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instructional Technology, and Education with concentration in Educational Leadership; University of Massachusetts to learn Nursing, Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Information Technology, Public Health in Public Health Practice and Education in Counseling: Mental Health Counseling.

– In New York

There is the State University of New York (SUNY Learning Network). Choose from Business, Management, and Economics; Community and Human Services; Interdisciplinary Studies; Broadcasting and Mass Communication, and Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology; and Health Services Administration.

– In Washington

At both Washington State University and University of Washington are programs that can be attended online.

At Washington State University, you can learn Social Sciences; Criminal Justice; Business Administration (Organization Management and Management Information Systems); Human Development; and Engineering and Technology Management.

At University of Washington, you can learn Aeronautics and Astronautics; Aerospace Engineering; Manufacturing Engineering; Construction Engineering; Strategic Planning for Critical Infrastructures; and Library and Information Science.

– In Georgia

University of Georgia, Southern Polytechnic State University and Georgia Institute of Technology open programs for e-learners.

At University of Georgia, it is Adult Education which produces a master degree. And it is Quality Assurance at Southern Polytechnic State University.

At Georgia Institute of Technology, you can learn Electrical and Computer Engineering; Building Construction and Integrated Facility Management; Industrial Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.

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