Elearning has become so widely accepted that even the best known “brand name” colleges and universities, and even some Ivy League schools, have now gotten into the game. There are some things you need to know before looking at these schools, however, as most of them are being extremely careful about putting their good names online. While the degree and certificate programs at these very well-known schools can carry real weight when you go out seeking a job, some of the degrees are not exactly the same as what you would get if you attended the school in the traditional way.
Cornell, in upstate New York, is a true Ivy League school that’s given its name to a wholly-owned subsidiary called “eCornell.” Rather than offer a big list of undergraduate courses, however, eCornell has focused on online certificates for professional and executive development. It’s largely focused on teaching adults who have already chosen their career path, and want a credential that will move them from middle to an upper management position (the writer of this page took a financial certificate program online an eCornell and can testify that it was excellent).
The courses at eCornell don’t translate into credits at Cornell University – at least not on a course-for-course basis. But if you get a certificate there, you can apply for continuing education credits in a full degree program at the university. ECornell has a big focus on training people for the hospitality industry. Key certificate programs include:
- Hospitality Management
- Hotel Real Estate Investing
- Hotel Administration
- Restaurant Revenue Management
Managing People for Success
. Get information on eCornell’s online certificate programs.
Boston University, a massive private school with over 30,000 students, isn’t an Ivy-League school strictly speaking, but it’s a very highly-recognized name, and the university correctly claims that its graduates get an enviable advantage from its network of more than 250,000 alumni, who pop up at the higher levels of just about every business category.
BU started very slowly in online education about four years ago with just two or three certificate programs. It’s now taken a much deeper step into e-teaching, offering online certificates in project management and paralegal studies, as well as master’s degrees online in:
- Banking & Financial Services
- International Marketing
- Project Management
- Business Security
- Computer Systems (several specialties)
- Criminal Justice
Click here for free info on Boston University online degree programs.
A more viable option for many students is Penn State’s online degree program. Penn State is not an Ivy League school, strictly speaking, but it’s a highly respected university, and their degree programs are more varied and more affordable than UPenn’s.
Penn State offers a very wide range of undergraduate degree programs in Business, Law, Nursing, Psychology, Information Services, to mention a few. There are also graduate degree programs in Adult Education., Supply Chain Management, Systems Engineering and Project Management. Learn more about Penn State’s “worldcampus” here
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