May 28, 2003

The Online Degree: A Consumer's Guide?

Congratulations. You've made the big decision to earn your college degree online. Now for the hard part...which college do you choose? With your career and your future on the line, it's important that you make the right decision. We can help. After spending months researching online schools, we've identified the very best. You'll find them listed below.

-- The Online Degree

Here's a new website (new to me, at any rate), the owners of which claim to have spent "months researching online schools" and to have "identified the very best." Who are they? It's not clear. Their privacy policy states that gathers information on behalf of its clients. The contact information you submit through the online form is used to send you additional information about various client offerings. You may also be contacted by our clients directly.

Unless otherwise disclosed during collection, will NOT provide any personally identifying information, regardless of its source, to any third party for any purpose whatsoever. Aggregate statistics about our customers, sales, traffic patterns and related site information may be provided to reputable third-party vendors, but these figures will include no personally identifying information.

Never underestimate the power of name-brand recognition. The University of Phoenix is of course the best-known of the new online universities, which fame or notoriety translates here into "a superb national reputation for providing working professionals with a quality education in Business, Technology, Education, or Nursing."

Marketing is one thing, but nursing? Is it just me, or should we be a little concerned by this?

Posted by Invisible Adjunct at May 28, 2003 08:09 PM

Yeah, I'd be a little suspicious of anything that promises a degree in a field that requires hands-on training. I suppose it could help you get the textbook courses out of the way, but...

Posted by: Rana at May 29, 2003 06:06 PM

Hey, I'm just waiting for the day they offer on-line degrees for those wanting to be surgeons!

Posted by: Cat at May 29, 2003 07:07 PM

Don't even joke about it: you might give someone some ideas!...

Posted by: Invisible Adjunct at May 29, 2003 07:25 PM