By Betsy Piland - August 10th, 2020
If you’re considering updating your skills with an online degree or certificate, you’re certainly not alone. According to the most recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2018, there were just under 7 million students enrolled in some kind of distance education courses at degree-granting postsecondary institutions.
First, you’ll need to make some big decisions on where to apply and enroll. With universities everywhere quickly shifting their programs online, there are so many options. Choosing the right school and program can be overwhelming!
Let’s narrow down your list and explore a few points you’ll want to consider when looking for the right online college degree for you.
Is it Optimized for Online?
Find out how a school is delivering its online curriculum. Are they posting lectures to YouTube and hoping for the best? (We hope not!) Or are they using a cutting-edge learning management system, led by faculty who have been specially trained in online education? At CSU Global, we’ve been built for online excellence from day one. Our programs are optimized for a 100% online learning experience, and we have continued to provide the highest quality virtual, yet interactive, education for more than a decade.
Potential for Career Success
A degree is a big investment, both in time and money, so you want to make sure your course of study matches the career of your dreams. CSU Global doesn’t offer basket-weaving classes for a good reason. Our programs reflect the market’s most in-demand fields, such as management, technology, and analytics, with coursework that’s aligned with current industry best practices. Whichever path you choose, it’ll be one with lifelong earning potential.
Quality of Curriculum
It’s also important to remember that many for-profit schools are nationally, as opposed to regionally, accredited. Regional accreditation is preferred and respected, helping to ensure your investment in your education is worth it. As a part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global is a nonprofit state school that’s regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Online Degrees at CSU Global
Your goals – both for your career and education – balanced with your personal life, all factor into what degree path and medium is right for you. Be sure to look at what CSU Global has to offer: affordable, accredited, and engaging programs built with your career in mind.
Betsy Piland is CSU Global’s Staff Writer. She’s worked in marketing and communications for more than 15 years, in industries ranging from healthcare to horticulture. When not crafting content for all things higher ed, she’s digging in the garden, sharing unsolicited pictures of her cat and dog, and enjoying Colorado’s outdoor activities with her family.