the VOA Special English Education Report.
week in our Foreign Student Series, we talk about getting an American education
online. A student named Hendra has written to us from Indonesia asking about a
good online university.
Finding the right online program
requires research, just like a traditional education. Talking to advisers and
recruiters can help. Keep in mind, though, that they might have a financial
interest to direct you to certain programs.
diploma mill. We talked about this last week. Diploma mills, also known as
degree mills, are nothing more than businesses. The education is poor quality,
if they even require any class work to get a degree.
Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognizes a group in
Washington, D.C., to accredit schools that offer distance learning. One hundred
ten programs in the United States and six other countries are accredited by the
Distance Education and Training Council.
We asked the executive director, Michael
Lambert, for advice on choosing a distance learning program. He says the first
thing is to go on the CHEA Web site to find if a school is accredited. The
address is c-h-e-a dot o-r-g.
Next, make sure the school offers what
you need. Do you need a degree, or will a certificate or license be
consideration is cost. Often the published price does not include all the costs
-- like books. Technology requirements can also add to the costs. Will you need
to get new software or a high-speed Internet connection or even a new computer
to take the classes you want?
Also, consider the level of interaction
that an online program offers. You might never meet the teacher or other
students in person. You need to be able to work without the supervision that
you might find in a traditional class.
and this is our own advice, find out what others say. You might search on the
Internet for comments or ratings or news stories about schools that interest
you. Just remember that what people say is not always fair or true.
now we have talked about getting an American education online. Next week, we
begin explaining the steps to getting an American education in the United
And that's the VOA Special English
Education Report, written by Nancy Steinbach. Our Foreign Student Series is
online at voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Bob Doughty.