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The Acceptability of Online Degrees Earned as a Credential for Obtaining Employment


Communication Education Volume 55, Number 1, ISSN 0363-4523


A national survey of hiring executives was conducted to assess the acceptability of a job applicant's qualifications for employment that included a degree earned solely online or one that included a significant amount of online coursework. The questionnaire was sent in response to job advertisements posted in newspapers in eight major metropolitan areas throughout the United States. It described three hypothetical applicants: One earned a degree through a "traditional" institution; a second obtained a degree solely online from a "virtual" institution; and a third obtained a degree by "mixed" online and traditional coursework. The question addressed by this study is whether a job applicant who has earned a bachelor's degree entirely or partially online has the same chance of being hired as one whose degree was completed through traditional coursework. The findings appear to indicate rather clearly that they are not.


Adams, J. & DeFleur, M.H. (2006). The Acceptability of Online Degrees Earned as a Credential for Obtaining Employment. Communication Education, 55(1), 32-45. Retrieved February 26, 2020 from .

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