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10 Tips for Balancing Your Career and Getting an Online Education

An online education is a great option for the time-strapped adult learner. Students agree—a study last year showed that more than one quarter of all higher education students were enrolled in at least one online course. As the rate of adult students continues to rise, so too will the rate of enrollment in online courses.

Before enrolling in an online program, prospective students—working adults, especially—should consider a number of factors to determine if online learning is right for them. U.S. News & World Report spoke with higher education experts around the country, including CAEL’s president and CEO Pamela Tate, for their thoughts on what would-be adult students should know about balancing their career while pursuing an online education.       

Sharing her advice from a 2014 article on how employees can convince their employer to pay for an online degree, Tate stressed the importance of choosing an online program from an institution that has been accredited. "Make sure the employer knows that this institution is regionally accredited and that you have looked into the quality of the program they offer," Tate told U.S. News & World Report. This, the article noted, can emphasize to the employer the value of the education they gain.   

To read the full list of 10 things working adults should consider about an online education, click here.


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