With all the fake online degree programs on the Internet, I thought it might be helpful to give you some tips on things to look for to know you are dealing with a legitimate online school.
First, you should only register with a school that has accreditation by a regionally recognized accreditor. That way you can be assured you will receive an education from a quality school. Many online schools will state that they are accredited when really they have just created their own accrediting program. Although it is legal to not be accredited, falsely claiming accreditation is illegal and against Federal Trade Commission Regulations. A school’s accreditation must be recognized by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) in order to claim and advertise accreditation.
Secondly, if the program looks too easy or talks about crediting “life experience” those are good signs that you are not receiving an education of real value. It takes hard work and dedication to attain your education!
In addition, you should be able to contact the school administration directly. You should be dealing with “real people” who care about your success and are available to help you. Many of these fake schools are located in Pakistan and don’t even speak your language!
These tips will help guide you in choosing a trustworthy and accredited online school like Franklin Virtual Schools.
Until next week….
The School Mom