Compare and Contrast Essay

Compare and Contrast of Online Vs. Traditional Education
Katherine Maisonave
COM/170 Elements of University Composition and Communication I
April 25, 2014
Abigail Uhrick

      In making the decision to pursue a higher education, one must first decide which course of study would be most practical, online school or a traditional on-campus education.

      There are a lot of options to consider in this day and age prior to taking that first step to higher education. Aside from making the decision to go back to school, the next biggest decision one has to make is to pursue their degree from a traditional school, on a campus or to enroll in an online degree program. Some people wonder if a degree from an online school is as strong as one from a traditional school, will one mode be more expensive than the other, or if attending class online will provide the same type of instructor support as a live teacher would. The prospective student should also consider which method of study is more time manageable for them. Most adult learners may already have a family or a full time job or both. There are a lot of things to consider when making such a big choice beginning with how and where to attend, accreditation of the school, and finally, which is most feasible financially.

When the term “accredited” is used in describing a school, most people merely know that it is a good thing. What is accreditation exactly? According to Merriam Webster ( the verb ‘accredit’ means “to say something is good enough to be given official approval”. For our purposes this means that the degree received from the institution is recognized and acceptable for pursuing a career. The first thing a student wants to know is whether the school they are interested acquiring a degree from will be recognized and accepted. There are numerous schools both traditional and online that are accredited through their states via various accrediting...