Education of Tomorrow

February 16, 2011

How to avoid choosing the wrong school?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Education Group @ 10:13 am

We all have seen “Accepted” where a high school graduate made up university for himself and his friends to go to after being rejected by every school he applied to. This does sound like a case with the online universities. Anyone with minimal programming skills and a little bit of imagination can “open” a school and collect tuition money from everyone who clicked “apply”. Everyone is accepted. Is that not it great? Sure it does, until you realize that your school was another scam in the worldwide web. Avoiding this from happening is easy with a little of the research done.

First Step- Look at the Website:

Does it actually look real? Lately all the respected schools have got pretty professional looking web pages. Online schools should not be an exception. Seriously, even Mohawk College finally has made their website good looking. Any institution that is specializing on providing online learning experiences must have a stunning and professionally done site. However, great looking from the web is far not the most important hint when deciding which school is real or not, but, if it does look like some kid made it in MS Word, be alert.

Second Step- Does it Have an Address:

Go to contacts and see whether a school physically exists. Furthermore, explore Google maps and all the technology available nowadays to virtually creep around the building. It is impossible to run an educational institution of a large size, recognized by a government in a basement, whatever people say, technology has not gone that far yet. So, in a word, school must have a legible address, building, employees and a phone preferably.

Third Step- Find Out Who To Contact When You Have a Question:

Back to the people question, you are technically buying an education online, so there should be some type of “customer service” available to you. This will once more prove that the institution you are interested in does or does not exist. E-mails and contacts are the most likely results that could be some “after work scam plans” of some cruel computer genius. Check before your information before you send.

Fourth Step- Is it Accredited?

Make sure that your school of choice is accredited by the local ministry of education and the diploma you are getting from it is valued in the area you are planning to work in. Only fully accredited schools are valued by the employers and worth paying money for.

Fifth Step- What are People Saying about It?

Just as you would choose a traditional school you should listen to what people are thinking about it. Find feedback on the education and the experience they are providing. Make sure to go further than the page of the schools web site where happy students show how happy they are. None of the institutions will allow bad stuff to appear there.

And finally, if you are unsure of something, ask questions. Also if something just does not feel right, maybe you should look for another place, since it is a big amount of money and your future that are on the line.

By: Yuliana Zaborova

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2 Comments »

  1. Hi Yuliana,

    I did not think that it was really possible for someone to create a fake college. I did a bit of research and realized that yes people do indeed create them for different reasons. One important thing that I think will helpful in choosing an actual school would be to visit it to check out the campus. That will allow a student to check out the school to see if it is really where they want to go and to make sure it is legitimate. I found two articles as to why people have create fake colleges. From what I read I gathered that people create them to gain student Visas so that they can enter into the college/university they are “enrolled”. People can seem really desperate sometimes for reasons I may never understand. Here are the links to the articles if you want to check them out.

    http://www.campusgrotto.com/the-10-biggest-college-scams-of-all-time.html#Fake
    http://nigeriavillagesquare.com/forum/main-square/59549-nija-couple-one-other-jailed-fake-college-scam-uk.html

    Thanks for the read 🙂

    Comment by Stephanie Horgan — February 23, 2011 @ 12:47 pm | Reply

  2. Thats a great idea to visit schools before apply! But yeah, creating fake college is as easy as creating paypal account and website, so I guess people should be more careful with the places they go and plug in their credit cards numbers.

    Comment by Yuliana Zaborova — February 23, 2011 @ 10:15 pm | Reply


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