Today, on The Clark Howard Show on radio, Clark, a consumer advocate, was asked about selecting an online degree program. Clark gave a really good answer about accreditation of schools that did not involve a long-winded discussion about Council for High Education Accreditation or other mind-numbing answers.
Clark Howard said to go to the online school's website and find out where the school was located (main campus). If the online school was in Minnesota, for example, go to the University of Minnesota's website and check the accreditation. The online school in question should have the same accreditation.
So, if the caller was checking out Capella University, he would see the school's main campus is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Capella, an online school, is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Looking at the University of Minnesota's website, the caller would see the same accreditation and know that Capella is a regionally accredited school.
This is a great way to avoid Diploma Mills or schools that have accreditations that are not regionally accredited (the standard accreditation for most companies' hiring policies).
by Sandy Womack, Ed.D., Director, EduPlan www.eduplan.org