As more and more students turn to online education for convenience, the notion of an online degree has become more commonplace. Continuing education, institutions like the University of Phoenix, and the growing number of MOOCs available all contribute to this growing norm in higher education. But a new survey shows that community-college students and employers may not trust an online degree as much as they trust a traditional one.
Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that focuses on education, health care, and energy, conducted a survey of more than 600 employers in four major cities and found that 56 percent of the employers preferred an applicant with a traditional degree from an average college to one with an online degree from a top institution. Only 17 percent said they would prefer an applicant with an online degree.
And of the 200 community-college students surveyed, 42 percent said they had learned less from online courses than they had from learning in the classroom. <Read more.>