Diploma mills, or businesses that make a profit by posing as a legitimate college, university or school, have a history that reaches back into the 19th century. But, diploma mills — and news about them — has proliferated since the onset of the home computer. Read on to learn about the history of diploma mills as well as ten tips on how to avoid them.
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If you want a reputable online education, then you need reputable sources to learn more about the programs you choose. The following list contains twenty-five helpful government resources to find legitimate online college programs. In some cases — as in accreditation — the resources include agencies that have been recognized by the U.S. government.

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The Definitive Guide to Online College Accreditation

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Say that you spend four years in college, then discover that your degree is — basically — worthless. This situation could happen if you attend a college that is not accredited, or a college that is accredited by an unrecognized accrediting agency. You may discover have wasted time and money on a degree that will [...]

Why Are College Students Dropping Their Business Majors? We Give You the Stats.

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Ironically, while the economy is in the tank, statistics reveal that the percentage of college freshmen who plan to major in business is at its lowest level since the mid-1970s. According to the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at the University of California at Los Angeles, the number of freshmen who plan to major in [...]

Everything You Need to Know About Online Universities & The Military

February 1, 2010

One reason why many individuals join the military is for educational benefits. All branches of the military do not hesitate to mention education as a benefit, as this is part and parcel of recruitment and retention. Military training is just one facet in this story, however, as active military personnel, veterans and their families also [...]

25 Excellent College Scholarship Search Engines

January 3, 2010

If you think your choice of an online education eliminates you from scholarships, think again. Many scholarships are geared toward students’ religious preferences, disabilities, ethnic backgrounds and other criteria. This type of scholarship, offered by private and public sector and not-for-profit organizations, usually does not focus on whether you’ve chosen an on-campus college or an [...]

Which Online Universities Are Embracing Open Courseware?

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If you are interested in OpenCourseWare (OCW), then you probably are aware that Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has and probably will continue to make the largest contribution to this online educational effort to date. But, in light of the recent financial meltdown, MIT plans to make cuts to its OCW budget. If MIT is [...]

Highlighting 10 Creative Professors Teaching at Online Universities

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As technology improves, and as it provides a way for people to stay connected and do more from the comfort of their own homes, online universities are becoming more popular. Many online universities are accredited, and offer degrees that can help you get a job when you are done. Many programs also now have campus [...]

10 Famous and Successful Alumni of Online Colleges

October 19, 2009

What would prompt you to earn a degree through an online college? For the successful and/or famous people listed below, travel, work and careers forced their hands, as they could not attend college when fixed schedules didn’t jive with their current lifestyles. While you might recognize names such as Shaquille O’Neal, other names listed below [...]

25 Excellent “Dot Gov” Tools to Research Any Online School

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Do you trust the U.S. government to provide you with excellent research tools that focus on online colleges or distant learning classes? If so, you have a vast resource available at your fingertips, including search engines, papers devoted to spreading education through online courses, and information on how to finance that college career. In all [...]