Can online education help you find a job? Where can you find online college rankings? CNN reports.


Can online education help you find a job? Where can you find online college rankings? CNN reports.

Well, with jobs disappearing fast, people are looking to retrain or retool their careers. For many that means going back to college but not in the traditional sense. Janice Barnwell always hoped to return to school one day to earn a graduate degree. It was something that I just felt I had to do. But, as a single mom who works full time that dream was put on hold until she found a solution- getting her degree online. One of the key things about doing this MBA online was that I could go to class everywhere and anywhere. Whether I was on a business trip, at work, on a lunch break, or at home and I could do it any time. Janice is part of a growing trend, people turning to online schools to save time and money. There has been a significant increase. Online education is growing between 12 and 20 percent as of this past fall, compared to the previous fall. Vicky Phillips, CEO of, a website that rates online schools and degrees, says the spike is a direct result of the tough economy. The reason being is that people who are unemployed they tend to go back to school and start looking for how to re-tool themselves how to do it quickly, and how to do it cost effectively. Janice says she saved around 25,000 dollars by getting her degree online. But the savings didn’t stop there… I didn’t have to drive there and considering gas prices fluctuating, I saved alot there. In addition to, babysitting fees that I would have had to pay someone to watch my daughter while I attended classes. In a time when everyone is looking to save, the way people look at education is changing. For the first time, online education has created a national marketplace. When you have 12,000 different online degree and credential programs to choose from you can literally compare cost, compare prestige. You can actually, for the first time, shop online for a college degree, the same way you would shop for any other big ticket item. For Janice, in addition to paying about half of what a traditional MBA would cost, it also took her far less time to complete her degree online, and she says that’s paying off already. I felt like being online and doing this MBA program was a preliminary of setting for what I would be doing real-life It helped me to navigate and be able to transition into the functions that I currently have today in my job. Here’s another fact you may not know, the majority of regular old-fashioned bricks and mortar colleges, they offer online programs. So, you definately want to check it out and a great way to do that is to go to the website Great place to go, definately check it out. They have all kinds of tools including something they call ‘Best Buy’ which will help you see rankings of individual programs so if you know what area you really want to look in, you’re looking for a specific degree, you can actually sort on that, like a Masters in Healthcare say and you get all kinds of listings from universities all over the country. Not only do they tell you where these programs are, but also how much they cost. I mean check it out, its fantastic. Another thing this website does is tell you about the frauds out there. And let me tell you they are everywhere. Check out the Diploma Mill Police. This is a listing, a tool, you can use to find out whether the people you are working with are actually on the up and up, or not. Many of them, sadly, are not. So let’s check out an example of this. Ok, you may have heard of this school, Regis University, in Denver, Colorado. This is a legitimate school, but guess what? There’s another university with a similar name called St. Regis University. Is it legit? No it is not. Guess what? This university, a diploma mill fraud, actually handed out 10,000 diplomas that were complete fabrications. You want to make sure you don’t do that. So, to check it out go to this website,, and if you want to know more about this topic or others go to Your Bottom Line, that’s our show website, you can find everything we talked about on the show today.

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24 thoughts on “Can online education help you find a job? Where can you find online college rankings? CNN reports.”

  1. Prehistoric Magazine says:

    I don't see anything wrong with an online education. I was pleased to see that someone has finally written a book on this subject. The books called "You Have A College Degree, Now What?"

  2. الغريب Rourba says:

    I pay more when taking online courses. I prefer see a teacher and asking questions.

  3. RickNowTV says:

    I'm thinking about going to law school…LOL

  4. bikboo says:

    whats the big deal. Its seems like a gang fight here "I got my degree at a ground college and I got my degree online. An education is a education no one can take that from you regardless of where you get it from. I think It bugs ground college people more cause they had to wake up early drive and waste gas and sit in a full class vs the online people that stay home relax and do homework.

  5. Walks Through Life says:

    Great to know, thanks for the video!

  6. ezkeyboardkid58 says:

    another advantage is that you dont have to worry about teachers teaching you wrong because you are learning directly from the textbook manufactures also you get ebooks of the exact same books so it cuts the tuition costs

  7. CollegeStudentMatt says:

    Online classes are a super awesome way to get the education you want. The classes are more flexible and you get to pick the time you do your homework. It is no wonder that the lady in the video picked to do it online since she had a family and other responsibilities.

  8. mplsridah says:

    Is geteducated accredited? Isn't that institution the same one CNN did a report on back in 2005?

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  11. Spencer for Hire says:

    College is one of the largest scams in the world. You don't need a degree to be a professional. Good for this lady… she "checked the block" and now she can put some those Harvard grads to shame.

  12. Get Educated says:


    First, yes, just like a traditional brick and mortar college, you must pay tuition to enroll at an online college. However, there are scholarship and financial aid opportunities just like you would find at traditional colleges.

    Second, online college admission requirements vary by school but many only require a high school diploma or GED to enroll in a bachelor's program. Some may require the SAT or ACT as well.

    Best of luck!

  13. Get Educated says:

    Hi there!

    GetEducated is NOT an online college, university or other degree granting body. Rather, we are a consumer's guide to online education, publishing exclusive rankings of affordable degrees and other advice for online students.

    CNN did feature GetEducated in a news segment in 2009 as a valuable tool to help prospective students find accredited online degrees & other resources.

  14. Get Educated says:

    Thanks for spreading the word, William! We are incredibly proud of our free service, the Diploma Mill Police. We're glad you found it useful 🙂

  15. Get Educated says:

    Such a good point! Thanks for spreading the word!

  16. Get Educated says:

    It's very true that students can end up paying MORE for online courses. The trick is to look for an online college that is non-profit, public, and based in a Southern or Western state for the most affordable sticker price!

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  18. Jean-Eider Pierre-Louis says:

    The only thing I hate about complete online learning is that, you have to do all the learning by yourself.  I seriously get all my instructions off of youtube.  The textbook is really just there to guide me.

  19. Ashley says:

    I'm currently attending Chico state getting my bachelor's in Psychology. Once I graduate, I'm going to get my masters online. I can't wait because I'm not a fan of traditional schooling.

  20. ÄAV ÂZ says:

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  21. ANJALI MEHER says:

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  22. Darin Smith says:

    ahh! this is a scam, CNN is plugging this! for dang it's so sad. well I guess it's all about making a buck.

  23. Aroon Russell says:

    Many people like me have this concern about how do we continue our studies. As we do not have time to go to a regular college, since we are working and have family to take care. With latest technology of bringing education online it will surely help many parents like me to continue studying.

  24. Alex Matthew says:

    Can Online education help you find a right job you are looking for? I am worried if an on-line degree will be valid enough to start a good career.

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