The United States developed the internet as it sought to obtain a superior method of communication after the Cold War, one that would be reliable even after a nuclear war.
What was first used as a tool for military intelligence has become household technology. Creating a global community, the internet, quickly disseminates information to people all over the world. And, thanks to the web the lecture hall has found another home.
Phoenix and DevryUniversities are a couple of the most popular internet universities. Offering the same types of degrees as traditional schools, these universities boast credible degrees in a shorter amount of time. For some programs it takes ten months to receive a degree.
The target audiences of online universities, for the most part, are professionals who have families, jobs and other responsibilities that put constraints on their time. According to its website, the University of Phoenix (UOP) highlights incentives such as flexible class schedules for working professionals. With 160 campuses and learning centers, it is the largest accredited online university.
It would seem that for students, the most important question is how credible are these institutions? Although internet school may emphasize convenience for students, having a degree that looks favorable to employers and other institutions is a real concern.
Vault.com, a career information service, conducted a poll of professional and employers. One participant said, “Individuals may have to go to extra lengths to be able to assure and prove to an employer that their study and or degree from an Internet-only program merits the same weight of an accredited University.”
Another participant pointed out that work experience, not just a brand name degree, is also an important factor in determining for employers.
Yet, enrollment in online courses continues to grow as it remains easy access to advanced degrees, which can translate into higher income. z