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What employers like in online degrees

Acknowledgments of online degree success have been given by 239 employers surveyed by Grand Canyon University with regards to the credibility of job candidates earning an online degree. Still, 61% of employers deem at first that online degrees are not as credible as their offline counterparts, but when they analyze the candidates in depth they discover that online degrees are at least as valuable as ordinary degrees.

According to one nationwide survey these are the top five ways for job candidates to reinforce their e-learning degrees:

   Work Experience: compliment the degree with pertinent and notable work experience.

   Diverse Coursework: supplement the degree with outside course work that displays people skills (i.e. public speaking, debate, and group dynamics, etc).

   Offline Evaluation: validate the online institution by measuring up to its offline counterpart (i.e. GPA averages, alumni and standards of admission). This willnot be necessary in the future as online degrees are finally acknowledged by the labor market the way they deserve, but by now it is a way to reassure employers.

   Program Assets: provide in depth information on the individual online degree program studied (i.e. curriculum, grading criteria, and course work).

   Personal Qualifications: providing a portfolio that includes transcripts, teacher recommendations, diploma, sample work and tests. The market research census asked employers about their opinion in employing job candidates with online degrees. As well, a poll was taken regarding the credibility of an online degree, its main disadvantages, and the business' most and least likely to welcome applicants with online degrees.



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Boston Globe Article: Online universities fight stigma.

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