Are There Too Many Online Colleges?

Are There Too Many Online Colleges?
Are There Too Many Online Colleges?
Let’s get real – online colleges have begun to take over the advertisement and general space on the internet, leaving the rest to be consumed by retail stores and social media sites. With new online colleges emerging every day, it is no wonder why we are sick and tired of hearing commercials for the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University. Many of us wonder if we have even met someone who is a graduate from one of these online schools. They seem to be quite well-hidden. Even more of us wonder how the explosion of online colleges took off so much in recent years.

Online colleges began several decades ago, the brain child of a company set on training its employees in various aspects of the internet. Since this point, industries have found a way to manipulate this early software into a global phenomenon that continues to attract students from around the world in an effort to better educate our own community. Online colleges truly took off after Congress approved federal funds, despite reports of diploma mill institutions. After this point, online colleges pretty much looked at each other and decided that the students out there were fair game.

Many news reports chronicle the devious methods many online colleges use to attract students, such as incessant calling to students of a certain demographic, or constant mail flyers. Many of us are able to avoid all forms of advertisement entirely, but some students fall prey to these tactics and instead find themselves signing up for thousands and thousands of student loans to earn a degree that will be basically useless in the end. Despite these horror stories, the question remains as to whether there are too many online colleges.

You would think we would be fine as a civilization with only a few online colleges – since they are structured differently than traditional public school, there is not a need for thousands of school around the globe, but only a few, simple, accredited schools that can guarantee degrees and future careers. However, for-profit institutions have jumped on the bandwagon of online education and have attempted to entwine as many students as possible into their programs, basically uncaring of the fact that they have little more to offer than phony degrees and fake accreditation. These schools are slowly being weeded out, but it begs the question that if for-profit institutions can basically create online colleges out of thin air, what can protect the student against these schools?

Our own research is our only defense against these types of schools, unfortunately, but the government is slowly catching on, what with the mountains of students whose students loans are in deferment because of online education. As a whole, the online education system seems to be failing our students, but taken in small packages, it seems to be an outstanding method to earn a degree and to continue on to greater careers. We just need to weed out the bad before the rest can succeed.
http://www.onlinecolleges.net/2010/07/

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