Considering Unaccredited Online Schools?
When looking at an online school, it is important to look at the school’s accreditation first. A school that has been accredited means that it has met certain academic criteria. The school has gone through a review process of its facility, its teachers and its curriculum and has passed the tests set forth by accrediting organizations.
There are two types of accreditation: regional and national. Regional accreditation is considered the “gold standard" of accreditation. If you have a degree from a regionally accredited school, the degree will be accepted and acknowledged by other universities. National accreditation is still a great achievement by a school; however, you should know that not all employers or universities accept such a degree.
Despite most students’ quests for an accredited school, there are some schools which are not accredited. Websites of such schools seek to mollify would-be students by expounding in detail about the voluntary nature of an accreditation and claims that an accreditation does not necessarily mean you will get a quality education.
This is actually quite true. You could attend a regionally accredited school only to continuously get bad teachers and end up learning very little. Of course, this can happen in any school, whether it is an online school or a traditional school. It is even possible to get a great education from an unaccredited school.
On the flipside, knowing that accreditation means a school has passed a rigorous approval process tells you that the school cares about proving its quality to others. Most employers will not accept a degree from an unaccredited school, and accredited schools will not accept such a degree for transfer credit.
Why would you want to be put in such a precarious position? Online school is expensive. Why pay for something you may not be able to use? It is much better and safer to stick with accredited schools only.