According to the Guide to Online Schools, there are approximately 23,307 degrees that are available at the associate, bachelor, masters, and even doctorial and certificate level.
Are Online Degree Programs the Next New Thing?
A recent PBS article written by Victoria Pasquantonio answers the question: “Will online learning replace face-to-face learning in higher education?” In this article, she highlights the concern of what the students’ experience and outcome would be for online higher learning and addresses the skeptics’ worries about whether or not such a program would decrease the quality of education. This discussion can be found on Twitter using “#NewsHourChats”.
The bottom line is that there will always be some skepticism when it comes to online learning. However, what cannot be contested is the type of higher learning institutions that house such online learning degrees. If the university is credible, then you can guarantee that the type of online degree programs offered will be too. They must be in order to keep their educational institution in good standing!
The Difference Between an Online and Brick and Mortar University
If at all possible, it’s best to enroll in a regionally accredited university that offers both online courses as well as traditional courses offered in a brick and mortal institution.
There are many online colleges that are just that—online educational institutions. For some students, this might not make much of a difference, but if you’re looking to get the most out of your college education, then attending a standing university that has a camaraderie of school pride is key to creating lasting academic relationships that can help further your professional career. This is something you can’t easily do with online institutions. While it’s certainly possible to build a relationship online as Facebook and many social networks have proven, there’s just something special about the college campus experience.
Furthermore, with brick and mortar universities, you have the option of joining a college sport or academic club—something that will strengthen your bond to your college and create great networking contacts for years to come. Again, this is something you can’t quite achieve through institutions that only offer online degrees.
FNU Can Be Your College Home!
When enrolled in a distance learning degree program, it can become quite easy to be disconnected from your university. With Florida National University (FNU), a regionally accredited university, you’ll always have a home with us!
What Kind of Online Master’s Degrees Does FNU Offer?
Learning More About FNU’s Online Master’s Degrees
Each of our master’s degree programs has specific enrollment requirements. It’s recommended that you contact the advisors of each of these departments so that you can prepare all of your admission documents before the respected deadline.
Things to Know When You Enroll in Online Courses
While online courses give you the flexibility to take your private classroom anywhere you want, there are still a few structured steps you’ll need to take in order to set yourself up for a successful academic career.
- First, you’ll need to log in the first week of class. This will give FNU administrators the confirmation needed to ensure that you have taken the initiative to start the course. It’ll also avoid you from being dropped from the class. We recommend that you login at least twice a week. For your convenience, this can be at any day or time.
- After you’ve logged in, be sure to change your password to something you can remember.
- Once you have changed the password, take the time to read ALL of your announcements and your instructor’s information. Most importantly, read your syllabus. With online courses, you won’t have your instructor hounding you about meeting deadlines. You’re working independently here. It’s important to know this so that you’ll remain completely organized during the course of your studies.
One thing that some online students may not realize is that they have access to all of FNU’s resources. This is where attending a brick and mortar has its advantages. As an FNU online student, you will have full access to our library, academic advising, writing lab, and student services.
Knowing the Importance of an Accredited University
To understand the importance of accreditation and the difference between accredited, non-accredited, and regionally accredited, read, “5 Things About Accredited Florida Universities You May Not Have Known” here.
In short, you’ll have a better chance of transferring credits with courses taken at a regionally accredited institution, because these institutions can transfer students’ credits to other universities. It’s not always the case for nationally accredited colleges, and especially non-accredited schools. This is something you’ll need to take into serious consideration if you have aspirations to pursue a doctorate’s degree.
The Benefit of Attending a Regionally Accredited University
You can certainly go online and find colleges and universities that offer online degree programs. You will find your share of online colleges and universities that that are accredited, non-accredited, and regionally accredited. In addition to the brick and mortar location, you should also do your research and make sure that the university is also regionally accredited.
The Disadvantages of Enrolling in a Non-Accredited Online Program
Unfortunately, there are also many students who have invested years of academic work into a non-accredited college only to find out that all of their undergraduate credits are not acceptable to the academic program they wish to pursue. They’re left with the choice of applying to a college that wasn’t their first choice, or starting their academic career all over again—both disheartening decisions, but avoidable if you do the research!
Come and visit any of our campuses in the South Florida area. Our main campus is based in Hialeah, Florida with another one in Miami along with an Online Training Center. We also offer financial aid assistance to students who need help paying for their college education. Contact us today to start your college career!