Online Degree Research Is Challenging
There are many websites that suggest they are the best website for online degree research. But, most of these websites are owned by marketing firms that generate student leads for online programs. So the information they provide is limited only to the programs they support. Let’s look at the consequences for students who use these marketing websites for their online program research.
I’ve been to many online degree “research” websites over the past few years. After I give my contact information in return for minimal online program details, I start getting phone calls and e-mails from recruiters who are interested in telling me more about their online program(s). While this is helpful for learning more about a few programs, it’s not useful if you want to really understand your best options from the universe of online programs available to you.
Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about. These four websites were the first, second, third, and fourth websites returned (non-paid) from a generic search for “Online MBA”:
http://www.onlinemba.com/ returned seven online MBAs when I searched master’s degrees with Business Administration specialty. I got the university logo, online master’s program name, and a red box with the words “Request Info” to click. That was it.
http://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/mba/rankings returned 282 online MBA programs, ranked according to U.S. News and World Report’s proprietary methodology (and includes 2015-2016 cost per credit and links to program and admissions websites). Everyone’s heard of U.S. News & World Report Rankings, but their rankings methodology is proprietary, so we can’t be sure that they are built on measures that are meaningful to students (and there are a few hundred online MBA programs that somehow didn’t make their list).
http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/rankings/affordable-online-mba-degree-programs/ provided a Top 50 Online MBA rankings 2018; a tool to search for MBAs requested that I enter my personal information before any details would be provided.
https://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/ provides a limited number of details for only 54 accredited Online MBAs on their website. They say that these programs are a part of over 200 partner colleges with whom they have an advertising relationship. So, at least they qualify their listing with that statement.
I would continue to review the dozen or so more websites out there just like these, but I think you get the point. There has never been a website designed by a marketing firm to generate leads for online programs that gives students the information they really need for online degree research to make the best decision and there never will be. It’s just that simple.
The outcome of this proliferation of marketing websites designed to collect student leads has significant consequences for students, nicely summed up here: They don’t help students find their best fit school. They don’t provide better information to help students consider their options. They don’t promote a thoughtful deliberation process. And the cost of generating these student leads draws money away from Universities that could be used to improve the student experience, the academic programming, or even to reduce tuition or provide academic scholarships.
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