Online education winning more approval from employers
As online education improves and more prestigious universities begin to offer web-based curricula, businesses across the country are seeing increased value in online degrees. According to a report by the Sloan Consortium, about 6.1 million students took at least one online class in the fall of 2010 - a number that is expected to rise substantially every year as web-based courses improve even more.
In a recent Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, university researchers Jeffrey Bailey and Larry Flegle discussed some findings after interviewing 20 hiring managers from leading companies in Wisconsin. Using data pulled from the interviews, the two researchers wrote a study about the current situation of online education and its implications in the employment market and found that many businesses are holding online education in higher regard.
"Things are changing because more people [who] have gone through online programs are out working in the business world and doing well, which gives the degree more credibility," Bailey told the news source. "One person I interviewed made the comment that if I had asked five years ago, the answer would be different."
Whether you choose to take courses online or on campus, businesses across the country are setting their sights on recent college graduates to provide fresh ideas in the workplace.