Value

Government Response on the Value of Non Traditional Education
 
In 1978, the result of the first widespread survey on the value of non-traditional degree were published. This survey of thousands of students with degrees from both accredited and unaccredited schools was designed to answer the following questions, among others:
* Do holders of non-traditional degrees have any particular problems in getting better jobs, or in admission to traditional graduate schools?
* Are holders of non-traditional degrees happy with their degree?
* Is there any significant difference between holders of accredited and unaccredited, non-traditional degrees?
Very briefly, here are the finding of this extensive research project:

Non-Traditional Degrees and Jobs

In a survey of top personnel officers at 81 large corporations, the overwhelming majority felt that yes, education was important, but that a non-traditional degree was just as useful as one from a traditional school with a “strong reputation.” as the researchers said, these findings “run counter to some popular beliefs”, yet the “survey data strongly suggest that employers, as a group are not e overly concerned with institutional reputation, and that external degree holders should not find themselves denied opportunities in employment settings because of the nature of their degree.”

Non-Traditional Degrees & Higher Education

Two of the crucial issues studied hare were the importance accreditation, and how well prepared non-traditional degree holders were to undertake higher degree programs.
Approximately one-fifth of the people who earned a non-traditional degree decided to go on to a higher (Master’s or Doctoral) degree. Of these, 97% were admitted by the graduate school of their choice. Out of every 100 successful applicants, only three reported any problems because of the lack of accreditation of degree. Another 3% reported some problems because of having a non-traditional transcript, or because of having gotten credit for life experience. But 96% experienced no problem in graduate school admission because of having a non-traditional and/or unaccredited degree.

In the matter of how well the non- traditional degree prepared them for further study, here are the students’ own evaluations:

Compared with a Traditional Degree, the Non-Traditional Degree was

BETTER THE SAME Worse
In Subject Content Preparation 44% 49% 7%
In Study Skills 48% 43% 9%
In Overall Performance 57% 42% 1%

In other words, 99%j of holders of non-traditional degrees felt that their degree was as good as or better than a traditional degree.

Soadlam, Carol P. & Sharp, Laura M., The External Degree as a Credential; Graduates’ Experiences in Employment & Further Study, Washington D.C., U.S. Department of Health, Education, & Welfare.