The Educated Choice
What's better: A traditional state university degree program online (like Louisiana State University and Charter Oak State College) or online schools (like Walden, Kaplan, and Capella who are among the largest online education providers today)? The educated choice is to go with the school that is able to meet your educational needs.
Tip: It is of utmost importance to research the reputation of the school's distance education program prior to enrolling and committing to a program. A simple online search or browsing through forum posts of former and current students can help.
Need Help? Here is a handy college navigator at the National Center of Statistics where students can browse through all universities offering distance education programs by clicking on advanced options and customizing the search.
Note: Chances are, also, that if a student already has a particular traditional school in mind, a quick look through its Web site might reveal the presence of a distance learning department or an extended campus.
Here are two more fully online state schools...
- Portland State University (PSU) - is a school of extended studies. It offers fully online as well as partially online courses. Additionally, courses are offered year round. Furthermore, it provides affordable education. Due to on-going changes with the school's latest tuition and fees, interested students need to check Pus's Web site.
- PSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Penn State (Online World Campus) - is a school that has a good reputation for offering high-quality online degrees. It offers 50 online degree and certificate programs. Due to different tuition costs for both degrees and certificates, interested students need to check Penn State's Web site for its tuition table that is valid for the academic year.
- Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).