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|You have done all
of your research and know the online degree programs
that you like. Now you are down to a choice between
three university distance learning program. How do
you know which online degree program is the right
one for you?
Review the websites of the three contending online
degree programs one more time. Does anything stand
out to you about how they explain their program? Is
there anything that sticks out as a potential
problem? For everything you like about their
description of their program give them a point. For
every concern you have take a point away or give
them a minus point. Tally up all of the scores from
this exercise and see if one clearly stands out as
being more positive than the other. This is your
instinctive response to how they present their
material and remember that this is the main way that
the online degree program will be presented to you
after you enroll.
Next review again the questions that you asked of
them while you were doing your research, and the
answers that they provided. For every answer give
the schools a point for a poor answer, two points
for a good answer and three points for a great
answer. This is a comparative review and note if one
of the schools overall response is more positive
than the others.
If you havenít already done so make sure that your
list of questions include the following topics:
How long does it take an average student to complete
How many hours do they anticipate an average student
will spend on course work per week?
How old is the average age of students in their
online degree program?
What are their transfer policies?
Who are the faculty members and what is their
Do they have library resources and mentoring
services available for online students?
In addition to those questions you will have already
asked and received a response to technical,
financial, and scheduling questions. Review all of
the responses and once again and give the schools a
point for a poor answer, two points for a good
answer and three points for a great answer. This is
your technical review.
Now you have three different ways to evaluate your
options and out of this process you should have a
clearer answer to the question of which online
degree program may be right for you.