線上大學:在攻讀學位之前的五個技巧
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October 11, 2010 by HelloUS
線上大學:在攻讀學位之前的五個技巧
線上教育是屬於比較大膽的教育冒險。在您報名入學考試前,可以利用下面幾個技巧,來引導你去調查、研究。



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線上大學,特別是那些非營利相關的機構,正被國會相關單位密切監管當中。教育部中的國會議員和相關官員提出隱憂,對於這些學校的教學能力,是否能夠確保畢業生可以找到適合他們程度的穩定工作抱持著觀察的態度。

[B]1. 檢查是否有認證[/B]
在美國有六個區域認證機構。如果這間線上學校並沒有認證的原因之一,你可能要仔細觀察學校的品質,或是學生之前所修習的學生,此學校是否可以認可或承認的程度。教育部有一個全國學校有通過認證許可的資料庫(database of accredited schools) ,這算是一個很好用的工具,可以讓你真真正正去看學校真實的數據。此外,”必須要詢問在學分轉移時的相關規定,如此一來你可以正確知道以前的學分有多少可以先抵銷、如何去登記”。

2. 與研究生和以前畢業學生交談詢問看看學校的相關資訊
社交型的網路社群如Facebook、Twitter除了可以娛樂、打發時間,還可以使用這些去詢問以前的學生有關學校的資訊,因為他們很樂意助人。使用這些社交型的網路社區,或導向專業的Linkedin,連結上也可以看到有哪些人也參加了這間學校的申請。§ 原創翻譯:Hello US § http://www.HelloUS.com

3. 詢問老闆
他們如何將線上大學拿在手上?大多數的人所在追求的是線上學問和特定的工作或態度。這就是為什麼你肯做出犧牲的時間和金錢,作為最後的決定。和老闆互相交談,領域、興趣,或是看他們是否能夠接受申請者是否接受在線學位。如果並不接受,那麼就算你申請在多的學校也是徒勞無功阿。雖然這些相關機構,如國家或政府機構,很快就接受這些學校。但還有其他老闆的思考較為老古,並不會發現這些學位是百裡挑一,或者是多少具有一些傳統性 HowToLearn.com

4. 檢查相關數據
根據教育部所公佈的貸款率和償還率,每個機構在國家都須接受聯邦限制。以營利為基礎的學校的利率會較非營利的營利更差,因此看相關利率可以看出這個學校的基礎。高違約償還率和低違約償還率,也可以在相關數據看出。畢業率同時也可以刊登在教育部的college navigator site,不過這個網站一些比率僅提供日間部的大學生參考資料。

5. 確定有學生相關服務
在你選擇線上教育時,重點是你將需要一個很好的職業道德為基礎的學校諮詢員。看看學校諮詢服務員為你提供的實際服務,將更勝於虛擬人員提供給您的服務。”大多數學校在註冊時多有提供網路支付的服務,但是並不是每個學校都有學術諮詢、獎助金諮詢、職業諮詢等等服務”。即使目前您在遠方,可以看看此間學校是否有提供相關諮詢服務,讓學生體驗到即時和適合的服務內容。此外,在其他服務內容中:一定要記得檢查是否有任何其他附加服務費用,在線上學校中,有部份服務有些會單獨收費,就像你使用一個線上圖書館。§ 原創翻譯:Hello US § http://www.HelloUS.com
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Online Universities: 5 Tips Before You Pursue a Degree

An online education can be a risky venture. Use these tips to guide your research before you enroll.

Online universities—particularly for-profit institutions—are under a congressional and regulatory microscope. Lawmakers and officials at the Department of Education have raised concerns over these schools' ability to ensure that graduates can parlay their degrees into steady jobs. If you plan to enroll in an online school to start or finish your degree, be sure to rigorously evaluate the institution before you enroll and potentially take on tens of thousands of dollars in loan debt. Use these five tips to get started:

1. Check for accreditation.
There are six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. If an online school hasn't been accredited by one of these, there may be reason for you to be wary of the school's quality, or at the very least of your ability to transfer credits should you choose to attend another school. The Department of Education has a database of accredited schools, which is a good place to verify a school's credentials. Also, "ask about their credit transfer policies, and if you can know how many of your previous credits will transfer before you enroll," says Lauren Anuskewicz, spokesperson for Colorado State University's Global Campus.

2. Talk to graduates and former students.
You may use social networks like Facebook and Twitter frequently for amusement, or simply to kill time, but they can be helpful tools as well. Use these social networks, or the professionally oriented LinkedIn, to connect with people who have attended the school. Ask them about their experience as a student and in their subsequent job search, recommends John Bourne, executive director of the Sloan Consortium, an association of online schools.
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3. Check with employers.
How do they regard online degrees? Most people pursue an online degree with a specific job or specialty in mind. So why make the sacrifice the time and money before you're certain of the end result? Talk to employers in your field of interest and see if they're receptive of applicants with online degrees. If they're not, striving for an online degree would be futile. "While some employers, such as state and government agencies, are quick to accept these degrees, other employers remain a bit old fashioned and don't feel these degrees are the 'cream of the crop' or carry the same weight as traditional degrees," says Pat Wyman, author and founder of teaching site HowToLearn.com.§ 原創翻譯:Hello US § http://www.HelloUS.com

4. Review the data.
The Department of Education publishes loan default rates and loan repayment rates for every institution in the nation that receives federal funding. For-profit online schools tend to have worse rates than other institutions, so examine the rates on a school-by-school basis. A high default rate or low repayment rate should generally raise red flags, education experts agree. Graduation and retention rates are also published on the Department's college navigator site, but these rates only take into account first-time full-time college students, which typically are a significant minority—usually less than 5 percent—of an online school's total enrollment.

5. Ensure that there are student services.
You'll need more than a good work ethic to get through your online education. See what the school offers you beyond the virtual classroom. "Most institutions allow you to register and pay online but not everyone provides for academic advising, financial aid advising, career counseling, etc...without coming to campus to take part in those services," says Cherron Hoppes, dean of undergraduate programs at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. "Even at a distance, online students need and should have access to critical and applicable student services." Be sure to check to see if there are any fees attached to these services, though. Anuskewicz of Colorado State warns that online schools sometimes charge fees—separate from tuition—for services, like using an online library. § 原創翻譯:Hello US § http://www.HelloUS.com

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