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Get a Bachelor’s Degree Online in an Unusual Field

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The range of academic pursuits is growing for online degrees. There are more opportunities now outside of health care, information technology and education.

Students can now earn a degree in fire and emergency services online. Colorado State University is now offering a program for students.

Other degrees aviation, integrative health and horticulture.

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Consider an Online Program for Your MBA

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An online MBA program may be the perfect fit for working professionals who want to keep their day job but continue their education. But many of the top programs have a residency component that should not be dismissed.

For online MBA programs at any business school of national status, a required residency component (big or small) is predominant,” says Phil Powell, faculty chairman of Kelly Direct, Indiana Univerity’s online business school programs. “I think it has evolved as a common standard.”

One of the major benefits of online MBA programs with residencies is the networking potential.

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How to Tell if an Online Program is a Scam

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With so many choices for online programs, it can sometimes be difficult to wade through the options and find the legitimate ones. But there are certain warning signs you can notice to tell if a program is a scam.

Start by checking if the program is accredited. Research all accreditation claimed to make sure the agency is legitimate.

If earning a degree seems fast and easy, that may be a sign of a scam. You should not be able to earn a degree with just a resume review.

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How to Ask Your Employer to Pay for an Online Degree

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Asking your employer to pay for your tuition is a pretty intimidating conversation. By avoiding some common mistakes, you can increase your chances of getting a “yes.”

Don’t give in to the stigma of online learning. If you show any doubt or insecurity about the online nature of the degree, your employer won’t take you seriously.

Don’t confuse your boss with too much online jargon. Explain the value and benefits of the program to your employer, instead of just giving a description of it.

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How to Tell a Good Online Program From a Bad One

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With new technology continuing to grow, more and more people are turning to online programs to get a degree. But not all programs are safe.

Accreditation is one factor students should look out for. Schools with accreditation meet certain standards of education, making them the better choices.

Before enrolling in a program, students should make sure the credits they earn may be transferring to another school later on.

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How to Balance Online Classes and Work

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Managing your time for an online class can be difficult. But add in a full-time job and it becomes even harder.

With so little free time, you’ll need to schedule studying anywhere you can. This might mean on the train or bus, on your lunch or in bed before you go to sleep.

Don’t compromise your job for a class. If you find yourself tempted to study at work, fight it. Try and focus on your job at work and your class when you’re not in the office.

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How to Catch Up in an Online Class

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In an online course, managing your time is of the utmost importance. But sometimes it can be easy to fall behind on your work.

To get back on track, first contact the instructor to let them know of the situation. The instructor is the one who controls the grades and they can help you get back to where you need to be.

You can also reach out to other students in the class. Group discussion is a valuable tool in determining where you fall among others.

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How an Online Degree Can Help You Switch Careers

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If you’re looking to pursue a new career, online education may be right for you. With greater flexibility in online learning, you’ll have time to balance both a job and school.

A 2014 survey conducted by the Aslanian Market Research and Learning House Inc. found that 26 percent of undergraduates and 19 percent of graduates who responded to the survey pursued online education to start a career in a new field.

Before you start online education, be sure to switch to the right field of study. You need to make sure that the career you want to go into will be the right fit.

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The Myths of Online Education

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Despite the fact that online education is increasingly growing in popularity, there are still several myths and misconceptions surrounding it.

Many think online education is easier than traditional education. Students in online education do have more flexibility than in traditional settings, but they come with their own set of challenges, too. Online education isn’t easier, just different.

Some people also view online education as a lower quality education. Academic standards vary from school to school, but many institutions go through a rigorous certification process.

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Online Courses Found Unsuccessful at Community Colleges

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Online education is continuing to grow, but could it all be in vain? A new study has found that online classes are clearly unsuccessful at community colleges.

Researchers at the University of California found that students are 11 percent less likely to pass an online class versus the traditional face-to-face version. The findings were presented on April 18 at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference in Chicago.

Cassandra Hart, one of the researchers, says, “There’s a strong body of evidence building up that students are not doing quite as well in online courses, at least as the courses are being designed now in the community college sector.”

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