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Human Resources Report (The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.) Employers Gradually Are Warming Up To Job Applicants Who Earn Degrees Online By Rhonda Smith September 7, 2009 Employers that historically might have disregarded job applicants who earned a degree online increasingly are taking a closer look at such candidates as the degrees become more commonplace, the related technology evolves, and companies gain more sensitivity to employees' work-life responsibilities, analysts told BNA Aug. 24-27. Nonetheless, proponents of online education said some employers still question whether the quality of an online degree is equal to that of a degree a student earns by attending classes on a campus. “A lot of resistance to online education has come from educators and employers who don't understand that there's great variability in distance education or online programs,” said John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College, a private, nonprofit institution in Albany, N.Y., that offers online undergraduate and master's degree programs geared primarily toward adults who already are working. Some organizations are delivering “electronic correspondence courses,” as opposed to degrees, Ebersole added, which results in critics concluding that all online education is “weak or of poor quality.” “You can have really bad online education,” he said. “That doesn't mean online education as a whole is bad, just that instruction from a certain institution is not very good.” Similarly, Edward Borbely, director of the Center for Professional Development in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, said: “It's not whether or not a degree is online, it's who's offering it and what the requirements are and what the credentials are of that institution. Just because an institution is highly ranked, in terms of research volume, academic rigor, and admission standards, doesn't mean it's a good source of online learning.” A survey of 1,547 chief executive officers and small business owners, conducted for Excelsior in January 2008 by Zogby International, found that 43 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that a degree earned through an online or distance-learning program was as credible as a degree earned through a traditional campus-based program. But 32 percent of CEOs and small business owners somewhat disagreed with this statement, 19 percent strongly disagreed with the statement, and 5 percent said they were unsure. Most Colleges Offer Online Courses During the 2006-07 academic year, two-thirds (66 percent) of U.S. colleges and universities provided online, hybrid/blended online, or other distance education courses, according to the latest data from the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, found in
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Distance Education at Degree-Granting Postsecondary Institutions: 2006-07. Hybrid or blended
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