Do employers accept degrees from online universities such as Almeda University that have Private Accreditation and not Regional Accreditation?
Unless the employer has a strict policy against non-regionally accredited degrees (such as government employers who support the quasi-government regional accreditation agencies) employers tend to care more about the individual they are hiring and less about the name of the university the employee attended.
After extensive discussions and correspondence with Almeda University alumni from the Offical Almeda University LinkedIn Group, the following bits and pieces have been thrown together in order to explain more about the details surrounding non-regional accreditation such as that earned by Almeda University.
The most common questions asked of Almeda University students about their degree are:
1. Where is Almeda University located?
This question usually dissipates when the student explains to the employer that the degree was earned online.
2. Is online learning as effective as classroom learning?
a. This question is best met with specific reasons why online learning is actually superior to classroom learning. For example, online learning requires self-discipline, self-motivation, attention to time management, highly developed online collaborative skills, advanced computer literacy, and the ability to work and learn independently.
b. Point out that several recent studies have actually shown that online learning is actually more difficult than classroom learning because it requires more self-motivation, discipline, and perseverance.
c. Online learning also requires students to comprehend difficult concepts without the convenience of interactive dialogue with a professor.
Many students wonder if they should divulge the fact that their degree earned from Almeda University was earned online and is a non-regionally accredited degree.
Actually, the answer is usually no. However, if you live in the state of Oregon, you must divulge this information. Since more than 85 percent of traditional universities currently offer some type of online programs, the online aspect of your degree is less likely to be questioned. Therefore, whether Almeda University is located down the street from you or halfway around the world, the factor of online education makes location issues insignificant.