Professors Who Blog

Posted in Online Degree News on January 13th, 2014 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

Online courses and degrees are no longer an unknown phenomenon in the world of education. It is a common and well-known fact that online courses can add a lot of value to your resume, thereby getting you ready for entry-level jobs and better employment opportunities. Accredited online universities offer students a chance to learn at their own pace, without having ever set foot in a traditional campus. Similarly, online teaching opportunities abound and there are some creative and highly intelligent teachers out there. Here is a list of professors who teach at top online universities, go the extra mile for their students and who write blogs that you must follow, if you aren’t already doing that.

Leslie Bowman (Walden University)

Accredited by the Northern Central Association Higher Learning Commission, Walden University believes that “knowledge is most valuable when put to use in organizations, communities, and families”. With this end in mind, Walden offers courses in Counseling, Education, Health Sciences, Human Services, Management, Nursing, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health and more. Leslie Bowman is a full-time online educator at Walden and focuses on communications, technical writing and public relations. Dedicated to online teaching, her blog is called Teach Online.

Brian C. Steinberg (University of Phoenix and others)

Touted to be America’s largest private university, the University of Phoenix enrolls more than 500,000 students every year. Other than the University of Phoenix, Brain C. Steinberg also teaches online courses at ITT Tech and Allied American University. Having studied for his online Ph.D. from Capella University, Steinberg is a successful online student himself. He teaches courses on geography and culture and focuses on multiculturalism and diversity studies. He is the founder of The Ally Group which offers diversity training.

Jon Becker (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Virginia Commonwealth University is one of the most well-known and established universities that offers both on-campus courses as well as online degree programs. Jon Becker is a professor of educational research methods and school law. His blog Educational Insanity is a great place to get to know more about education, learning, educational policy as well as law. He also offers interactive projects through his blog.

Other than online professors, traditional school teachers also have gone online to share their insights through blogs. For example, Professor Michael Roberto’s Blog covers topics like leadership, decision making and competitive strategy; Andrew McAfee’s Blog speaks about the business impact of IT; Professor Terri Griffith’s blog talks about technology and organizations; The Volokh Conspiracy offers a unique look at the US legal system and courts; Indisputably offers insights on negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and dispute resolution; Cronaca offers news in spheres of art, archaeology and history.

Of course, the list can go on and on! Online teaching offers an incredible amount of flexibility to professors as well as students. Many professors use this opportunity to teach multiple courses at multiple universities. Their creative minds keep the students on their toes and there is just so much to learn from them – online and offline!

About the author:

Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by creating blog posts that answer their many questions on education sites. Connect with her on Google+



Is an Online Degree as Well Accepted as a Traditional Degree?

Posted in Online Degree News on January 10th, 2014 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

When it comes to choosing between studying an online degree and gunning for one from a traditional college, most students are faced with one question: Is an online degree as well accepted as a traditional degree? The answer to this important question is multi-faceted and not as easily answered. There are a few factors that need to be considered in order to arrive at the answer. Let’s have a look at a few of these factors.


Most employers are wary of online degrees because there are plenty of diploma mills out there. Diploma mills offer fake, unaccredited certificates that look like the real deal but are a far cry from it. Such fake institutes offer degrees based on “life experience” alone or for an upfront fee. It is needless to say that an unaccredited online degree is not even worth the price of the paper it is printed on. Your best bet will be to get a degree from an accredited online college that is well-recognized by the United States Department of Education or a CHEA recognized institution. If you do get a degree from an accredited institution, you can rest assured that the degree is a valid one and is in no way second to one earned from a traditional college.

Quality of Education

In the 1990s, when online colleges were just starting out, programs were fairly new and online technology was not as advanced as it is today. Today, there are more than 60 percent of colleges and universities in the country that offer accredited online degrees. Some of these esteemed institutions include Harvard, Pennsylvania State University and Duke University. It is important to factor in the training and credentials that the online teachers possess, the experience they have in teaching online as well as the online curriculum and how it compares with that of a traditional course in the same subject.

Line of Study

In general, accredited online degrees in knowledge based fields like accounting and information technology receive wide-acceptance. Online colleges like Henley-Putnam University, Boise State University and Amberton University offer a wide variety of online degrees in fields of study like online teaching, education technology, HR and business and business administration (MBA and BBA). As per the “Credibility of Online Degrees” Survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), 79 percent of organizations have successfully hired applicants with accredited online degrees.

Opinion of the Hiring Manager

As in any other situation, the personal preferences of the hiring manager in question can color the debate. Some managers focus on experience as being the most important factor, as against education (online or traditional degrees). However, it can be natural assumed that fresh graduates will be grilled more on their academic scores than on on-the-job experience.


The bottom line is that online degrees from accredited and well-recognized institutions are reasonable accepted by employers in almost all spheres of work. Relevant work experience is an added benefit when it comes to looking for a good job. With the high quality of education that is being offered by accredited online colleges, the degrees are in no way second to those gained from traditional colleges.


About the author:

Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by creating blog posts that answer their many questions on education sites. Connect with her on Google+



How Federal Student Financial Aid works?

Posted in Online Degree News on January 9th, 2014 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

Students require financial aid to pay for education-related expenses including tuition, fees, accommodation, books, and supplies for education at a college, university, or school. Certain steps need to be followed to apply for and receive financial aid. Remember that the sooner one applies, the better are the chances of receiving financial assistance.

Applying for the FAFSA, Dependency Status and Eligibility

To apply for federal student financial aid, a student must first and foremost submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The filled application must be submitted by using the Department of Education’s website, mailing a paper form, or by getting professional assistance from a fee-based preparer. FAFSA may be submitted to the Department of Education as early as January 1 before the summer.

Questions asked in FAFSA

The FAFSA consists of 130 questions regarding a family’s financial situation. The main include age, marital status, education, residency and dependency status, income and household finances and finally the types of financial aid in which you are interested.

 Need Analysis

Need Analysis is a process conducted by The Department of Education which processes each and every request and tells a student how much the federal government expects their family (you and your parents) to contribute towards the total cost of your education which is known as the Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

 Student Aid Report (SAR)

A Student Aid Report (SAR) is sent to you once the need analysis is conducted. This report lists your Expected Family Contribution and the types of aid for which you are eligible. The total cost of your tuition, books and all other educational expenses is your Cost of Attendance (COA). Expected Family Contribution is subtracted from the Cost of Attendance, which is finally your financial need.

 Award Letter

An Award Letter is the details of each school’s financial aid package. Financial aid packages will vary between schools. This package will include all the types of aid such as grants, scholarships, loans and work-study.

 Applying for a Federal Education Loan: The MPN

Federal education loan applications in general comprise of a Master Promissory Note (MPN) wherein, you make a legal statement agreeing to repay the loan money according to your lender’s terms. MPN once submitted can be used to borrow future loans for up to 10 years, depending on the type of loan and your school’s policies. In case you transfer to another school or university, your original MPN remains valid.


After verifying your eligibility and enrollment to your lender your school will certify your loan. This is generally done automatically or else you may need to participate in completing and submitting further paperwork.

Notification and Disbursement

A Notice of Loan Guarantee and Disclosure Statement will be sent to you once your loan is approved by your lender and guarantor. This document is an official statement of the approval, amount and terms for your loan. Following this you may endorse the checks or Electronic Funds Transfers (EFT) money to your school account to pay school costs with your loan money.

The process is fairly simple as long as you follow the rules and steps to apply for student financial aid. Arm yourself with the right information and get ready to apply.


About the author:

Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by creating blog posts that answer their many questions on education sites. Connect with her on Google+






Tips to Recognize Online College Scams

Posted in Online Degree News on January 6th, 2014 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

Impressive websites, names that you would recognize and connect with, pictures of happy students going about their college day – these are just a few ploys employed by diploma mills or fake online colleges to fool you. Most of these colleges advertise a lot online and try to be as visible as possible. The degree you get will be easily earned, quickly delivered and completely useless. In order to protect yourself, you have to look through these online college scams, do your research and get your degree from an accredited college. But with so many fake colleges out there, this might be easier said than done. Here are a few tips to help you recognize an online college scam and steer clear off it.

  • Check accreditation! This is the first thing you need to do to ensure that the college you have chosen is an authentic one. Verify that that the college is recognized by the DETC, US Department of Education or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • Don’t be fooled by bogus accreditation! The website says the online college is “internationally approved”, “licensed” and “recognized by the UNESCO or the Pope!” That’s good enough, right? Wrong! The right kind of accreditation makes all the difference in the world. Learn more about which type of accreditation is acceptable here.
  • No eligibility criteria – run the other way! So, you’ve maintained a higher than average GPA, you have a great academic record and top test scores. And along comes an online college that tells you – you don’t need any of that to get your degree! All you need is a valid credit/debit card to get the fees to them. This should set all the warning bells in your head ringing. If a college has no eligibility, admission or clearance criteria, it’s most likely a scam.
  • Experience degree – begs a “review”! A lot of degree mills offer “experience degrees”. This means you get your graduate, masters or doctorate, solely on the basis of a review of your work, career or life experience. Getting a credit for your career experience as an adult learner is a valid option at most accredited universities, but getting your degree on the basis of your experience is a far-fetched idea.
  • 30 day diploma – too good to be true! Have you heard the saying that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is? This is absolutely true when it comes to degrees too. Earning an online degree takes time, patience and plenty of hard work. Instant degrees are a scam, don’t fall for it.
  • But international online universities can’t be accredited, right? Again, wrong. If the college tells you that international online universities don’t need to be/ cannot be accredited in the country, they are lying. CHEA-recognized agencies can and do accredit international online universities, so don’t fall for that old line.

Research the college you wish to attend, make sure it is accredited, and read the online degree reviews you can find here. This will help you steer clear of online college scams, find the right college and pursue your degree in earnest.



About the author:

Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by creating blog posts that answer their many questions on education sites. Connect with her on Google+



Diploma Mills and Why You Need to Avoid Them

Posted in Online Degree News on December 30th, 2013 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

Most educators will tell you to beware of diploma mills. But what exactly are diploma mills and how do you even recognize them? Diploma mills, as the name suggests, are “schools” that churn out diplomas and degrees, like products, at a fixed price. What’s the problem with that? The problem is that these mass-produced degrees, certificates and diplomas are fake! They will be of no good when it comes to continuing education or pursuing a significant career.

What is a Diploma Mill?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act defines a diploma mill as follows as “an entity that–
(A)(i) offers, for a fee, degrees, diplomas, or certificates, that may be used to represent to the general public that the individual possessing such a degree, diploma, or certificate has completed a program of postsecondary education or training; and (ii) requires such individual to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain such degree, diploma, or certificate; and (B) lacks accreditation by an accrediting agency or association that is recognized
as an accrediting agency or association of institutions of higher education.”

In today’s fast-paced world, everyone hopes to get that much-needed boost which only an educational degree can give you. Advertisements that tell you that you will “Get your degree in 90 days!” or offer a “Hassle-free fast online degree” are simply trying to pull a fast one on you. You need to steer clear of these diploma mills and choose a college that offers you a meaningful degree.

Are these diplomas of any use?

Not only are these fake diplomas of no use, but they may also have negative effects on your job application status. All you will have done is purchased a fancy bit of paper with signatures and seals that look important, but offer no real value. On the contrary, if your current or prospective employer were to find out that you have opted for a fraudulent degree, you might lose the job based on lack of integrity!

While losing a job is a big deal, it must also be remembered that the laws pertaining to obtaining and using a fake diploma/degree for personal gain are quite stringent in some states.


The adage “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is”, is 100 percent true when it comes to diploma mills. Whether you choose to study a Bachelor’s degree from a traditional or an online college, the fact is that such a degree takes time and plenty of effort. It is not as simple as paying a hefty sum and getting an “accredited” degree in 30 days!

So what do you need to do?

You need to do a little bit of research to find out if the school you are looking at is a legitimate and accredited college. The DETC (Distance Education and Training Council) makes it easy for you to know if an online college is accredited by offering a list of all accredited colleges in the country. Anyone can offer diplomas and degrees, particularly through Internet schools, that may sound official and real, but you need to go that extra mile to ensure that you are not falling prey to a diploma mill!

About the author:

Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by creating blog posts that answer their many questions on education sites. Connect with her on Google+


Regional vs. National Accreditation – Which One Is Better?

Posted in Online Degree News on November 11th, 2013 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

Online students are repeatedly told that accreditation is important when it comes to choosing online colleges. Do we agree? Yes, accreditation is incredibly important but the matter does not end there. Did you know that there are two types of authorizations that colleges can apply for? There are two types of accreditation that online colleges can apply for – regional and national.

As an online student, the next stage is to understand the regional vs. national accreditation debate so that you can make the best choice between recognized colleges. The U.S. Department of Education defines the goal of accreditation as a way to “ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.” Evaluate both systems of accreditation before you make a choice.

Regional Accreditation

In the process of regional accreditation, the colleges of the United States are divided into six geographical regions and are then judged based on a number of factors like quality of education, faculty and others.

  • Authorities

The six regional accreditation authorities are:

  1. Middle State Association of Colleges and Schools
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  3. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
  4. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
  5. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges


  • Pros & Cons

Regionally accredited online colleges offer degrees that are most recognized and sought-after. The benefits of choosing such a college will perhaps be most evident when you are trying to transfer credits and degrees to other colleges. Regionally recognized college credits are easily accepted by all other colleges. If you are hoping to qualify for a corporate tuition reimbursement plan, a regionally accredited college is your best bet. This type of authorization is considered the gold standard and employers may sometimes prefer to hire students from colleges with regional credentials.

However, admission to these colleges is based on competitive examinations in some cases. They are also known to be more expensive as compared to nationally accredited colleges.

Examples of such colleges are UCLA and University of Phoenix.

National Accreditation

National accreditation is not determined by geographical location and is used to evaluate particular types of colleges that are generally classified as ‘vocational institutions’. The courses offered by nationally approved online colleges tend to be more career-oriented and less driven to the liberal arts.

  • Authorities

While there are a number of national accreditation agencies, these three are the most popular and accepted of the lot:

  1. Distance Education & Training Council (DETC)
  2. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS)
  3. Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC)


  • Pros & Cons

National accredited colleges are generally more economical than their regional counterparts. Admission is comparatively easier and they are perfect options for career oriented study courses. The overall system of imparting education is more practical and focused on relevant skills with less liberal arts study.

However, the credits you earn may or may not be transferable. The DETC which accredits online colleges is a fairly new authority and credit transfer may be difficult. If your chosen career option requires licensing after the degree, your nationally endorsed college degree may not be good enough for the licensing authorities. As compared to regionally accredited colleges, these colleges offer more self-study course-work without the help of instructors.

Regional vs. National Accreditation – Our Verdict

There are three major factors that you need to consider before choosing regional (RA) or national accreditation (NA).

  • Credit Transfer: Do you intend to study further and move your credits to another college? RA might be a better option for you because NA colleges accept RA credits while vice versa may not be true.
  • Employer Acceptability: Most employers won’t know the difference between RA and NA colleges. However, if your licensed profession (teaching, engineering, healthcare, etc.) does not accept your NA college degree, you might find yourself in hot water.
  • Expense: Generally, RA colleges are more expensive as compared to their NA counterparts. However, if tuition cost is a big concern, you can apply for financial aid and scholarships which might make RA colleges affordable. Both types of online colleges qualify for federal loans and financial aid.

So, regional vs. national accreditation – which one is better? Make your choice depending on your specific needs. The goal of education is to add value to your life and career. Evaluate your academic and financial needs as well as your employers’ needs before you make the final choice.

About The Author: Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by publishing articles and creating blog posts that answer their many questions on sites like and Connect with her on Google+.



Online General Science Degree Scope

Posted in Online Degree News on November 8th, 2013 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

Derived from the Latin word ‘scientia’ which means ‘knowledge’, science is defined as a “systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe.” Students who specialize in science often choose to study biology, chemistry or physics, but what if you love EVERYTHING about science? Instead of being limited to one particular area of science, you can study the whole gamut by taking up a course in General Science. In today’s fast paced world, an increasing number of students are opting for an online general science degree that offers them flexibility, a good curriculum and cost-effective study options.

Wider Scope in Curriculum

As compared to other undergraduate education programs, a general science degree will offer you a wider scope with a curriculum that is designed around multiple scientific fields. These are a few of the topics you can expect to study if you intend to earn an online general science degree:

  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Science
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Physics

One of the best advantages of choosing to study an online science degree is that you can design your own course options and schedule.

Benefits of an Online General Science Degree

Everything about the world may seem fascinating to you and a degree in general science will allow you to indulge in your fascination. There are many other advantages of choosing to study a general science course like:

  • A general science course is a good option for those who have not made up their minds about potential majors yet. In an online science course, you will be able to master a variety of sub-disciplines at once. This means that as and when you choose a major, you will have already done most of your legwork. American Military University offers an online Master’s Degree in Space Studies, if you are so inclined after gaining your general science degree, while Post University offers an online MS degree in Human Services.
  • A general science major is nothing if not flexible. Whether you intend to pursue a career as a writer, lab technician, teacher, psychologist or biologist, this degree can act as a stepping stone. Some colleges even allow you to use a general science degree as a Pre-Medicine course.
  • Depending on the online college you opt for, course options are diverse. Students can choose to study an Introduction to Human Evolution, Human Cadaver Dissection, Biogeography, Food and Culture, General Chemistry Laboratory, Biopsychology, Introduction to Data Structures, Marine Biology, Mathematics with Lab Components and others.
  • The very fact that it is an online course means that the duration of completion of the course will be more flexible, there will be no commuting involved and tuition will be most likely be more economical as compared to traditional schools. It is important to choose a U.S. Department of Education recognized accredited online college to give your degree credibility.

Career Options

What are your career options after completing an online general science degree? The world is your oyster! This flexible degree is a good one for entry level science jobs after graduation. Students who have a particular inclination toward health-care related careers like medicine, physical therapy, medical technology or dentistry can opt for entry level jobs in these arenas.

Depending on the subject that you have coupled this major with, you can choose to work in a variety of fields. For example, an English minor is suitable for a career in writing, natural history or technology while others lend themselves well to careers in law, PR (public relations), human services and business.

Evaluate your educational goals and expectations thoroughly before choosing to study an online general science degree.

About The Author: Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by publishing articles and creating blog posts that answer their many questions on sites like and Connect with her on Google+.


Online General Business Degree

Posted in Online Degree News on November 5th, 2013 by Stephanie Colaco – Be the first to comment

An online general business degree has become a very popular option for professionals and students across the globe. Reasons for its increasing popularity include the fact that it offers a variety of options in terms of duration of course, types of jobs that become open to successful students and the potential of an increase in salary. If you know that you want to study business but are not sure of a specialization, an online general business degree may be the best option for you. U.S. News has created a list of the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and you can choose from any one of these accredited online colleges or rely on the personal reviews of fellow students.

What Does a General Business Course Offer?

Business can be defined as “an organization or economic system where goods and services are exchanged for one another or for money.” It could be a small one run from your backyard or a thriving organized business enterprise that employs thousands of professionals across the globe. An online business degree will teach you how businesses operate, how to make them better and more profitable and how the business world and its associated finances, management and customer relations function. Though there are specific business degrees that you study, a general business degree offers students a macro understanding of all the different aspects of business as well as other subjects like liberal arts like English and mathematics.

Types of Online General Business Degrees

Once you have decided that you want to study an online degree in general business, you will have to consider what type of degree to apply for. Your options include:

  • Certificate degrees (6-18 months)
  • Diploma in General Business (12 months)
  • Online Associate’s Degree in General Business (2-3 years)
  • Online General Business Bachelor’s Degree (3-5 years)
  • Online Master’s Degree in General Business (2-3 years)
  • Online General Business Doctorate (2-3 years)

Depending on your prior education and the amount of time you wish to invest to earn business degrees online, you will be able to zero in on the right course for you. For example, Excelsior College offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in General Business online and it is well-known for being accredited, cost-effective and for allowing easy transfer of credits. Grantham University offers online undergraduate business degrees and a Business Administration Bachelor’s Degree.

Pay Scale and Job Options

The beauty of a general business degree is that you can get a job in pretty much any business organization. An online bachelor’s degree in general business from the University of Phoenix can set you on the path of earning between $37,330 and $111,503 annually. Your job options include Operations Manager, General Manager, Human Resources (HR) Manager, Executive Assistant, Office Manager and others. An online associate’s degree in general business from the same college could see you earning in the range of $26,578 – $106,654 annually.

Online General Business degree holders are qualified to work in a number of job posts and job opportunities and salaries depend on the level of your degree and the years of work experience you bring to the table.

Choose an Accredited Online Business School

While selecting an online business school, it is important to keep in mind the issues of accreditation and the overall reputation of the college. The U.S. Department of Education has put forward a list of the accredited and recognized online schools in the country.

Getting a general business degree online can improve your future for the better and an accredited business college will lend you credibility and open up federal financial aid options.


About The Author: Stephanie Colaco is a freelance writer, editor and former HR professional. An Honors college graduate, she spends her free time helping students/professionals achieve their academic goals by publishing articles and creating blog posts that answer their many questions on sites like and Connect with her on Google+.



New $1000 Online College Scholarship

Posted in Scholarships on June 14th, 2011 by Steve – Be the first to comment

I’m announcing a new $1000 scholarship for online students. The best part is that it is REALLY easy to apply! Probably two minutes at most. Here is a video explaining everything:

Apply now, it only takes about two minutes.

2011 Online College Awards

Posted in Online College Ratings on May 18th, 2011 by Steve – Be the first to comment

2011 Online College Awards

Every year we like to go through all the online colleges listed on and come up with a list of colleges that stand out above the crowd. Each college in this list has been given high overall ratings and exceptional reviews by current and former students, the ones who truly know whether a college is worthy of high marks. We’ve only included colleges that have at least 20 reviews, that offer several online program options, that are either regionally or nationally accredited*, and that have recent reviews.

Based on the over 3000 reviews on the site, here are the top 8 colleges for 2011:

1. Henley-Putnam University

32 Reviews, 9.5/10 Rating

Henley-Putnam University offers online education specializing in the strategic security industry. Their programs include Intelligence Management, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies, and Strategic Security and Protection Management. Henley-Putnam University is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Students reviewing Henley-Putnam University emphasized the quality of the professors, saying they are both knowledgeable and approachable, and that they provide valuable feedback. Many reviewers also commented on how accommodating the school is to the working professional, allowing flexible due dates.

2. California InterContinental University

29 Reviews, 9.2/10 Rating

California InterContinental University is an online-only institution offering degrees in Business Administration and Management. It is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), a nationally recognized accrediting agency. Students reviewing California InterContinental University found the cost to be reasonable and the support staff exceptional. They found the accelerated pace challenging but thought that the academic rigor proved the quality of the program.

3. Andrew Jackson University

23 Reviews, 9.2/10 Rating

Andrew Jackson University offers career-oriented online degree programs in business, communications, and criminal justice. It is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Students wrote that the coursework was very challenging, perhaps more so than at other universities, but that it was applicable to the real world. Also, reviewers were especially pleased with the support they received while completing their degree.

4. Norwich University

71 Reviews, 9.1/10 Rating

Norwich University was originally founded in 1819 as a military academy but now serves the educational needs of both traditional students and students planning a military career. The university’s online programs are all at the graduate level, and range in area of study, including a Master of Arts in Diplomacy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing, among others. Norwich University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Students described Norwich University coursework as relevant, but challenging. However, many wrote that they were proud graduates because of the demanding coursework. Satisfied students were not only happy with the quality of the professors, but also with the quality of their peers. Everyone who commented on the residency requirement found it to be useful and enjoyable.

5. Seton Hall University

70 Reviews, 9.0/10 Rating

Seton Hall University provides continuing education and professional studies online. Their online programs include an RN to BSN degree program, several certificate programs, as well as master’s degree programs in educational leadership, communication, nursing, and counseling. Seton Hall University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Reviewers of Seton Hall University had a lot of praise for the M.A. program in Strategic Communication and Leadership. They described it as a very demanding but equally rewarding program. Because of the workload, not all students complete the degree. However, many reviewers commented on the student comradery that develops from working through this demanding program together, despite the online learning environment.

6. Columbia Southern University

144 Reviews, 8.9/10 Rating

Columbia Southern University is an online university with a plethora of programs. They offer associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or certificate programs in many areas of study including criminal justice, business administration, fire science, human resources and more. Columbia Southern University is nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Former students wrote that the university’s programs require student dedication because the coursework is self-taught. They were pleased that the university accepted credits from previous education and experience, but some students expressed caution that the school is nationally accredited and therefore other schools may not accept Columbia Southern University credits. Satisfied students found Columbia Southern University very affordable, namely due to the free textbooks. A few critics felt that the school lacked academic rigor.

7. Trident University International

73 Reviews, 8.5/10 Rating

Trident University International (formerly Touro University International) is an online institution with bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in various disciplines including health sciences, computer science, and business administration, among others. It is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Satisfied Trident University International students were happy with the flexibility of the programs, allowing them to juggle full-time work and families alongside their studies. Many students remarked that it is a military-friendly college, providing a discount for members of the military and their families. Many people commented on the quality of the professors, with backgrounds from big-name universities. However, some critics found the instructor expectations to be untenable. There were mixed reviews about the academic rigor of certain courses. Yet, many students described the intensive written requirements of many of the programs.

8. American Military University

186 Reviews, 8.2/10 Rating

American Military University offers online programs designed for professionals in public service and national security. The university has over 100 online degree and certificate programs with subjects ranging from homeland security to early childhood education. American Military University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association (NCA). It is also nationally accredited the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). Former students, some of them in various countries around the world, wrote that American Military University provides a flexible and convenient learning environment. Reviewers found the cost very reasonable, especially for military professionals, and they described the coursework as just as demanding, if not more so than brick and mortar schools. Professors received mixed reviews; students wrote that they had some professors who were engaging and responsive and others who were not. Some students expressed disappointment with the level of student interaction and the support staff.

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