Last week #genychat discussed the differences between for-profit and non-profit educational systems. Mission, purpose, and structure were all discussed as major differences between the two. There were also multiple insights about a stigma that seems to arise when one’s entire or even partial educational background comes from for-profit institutions. Why does this stigma exist? There has been an influx in fraud in several online institutions is this a classic case of the few speak for the many?€ Or do people just have a bad taste in their mouth when they hear for-profit education?
Was Online Education Made for GenY Students?
The University of Phoenix has estimated admission numbers at over 400,000 students. The non-profit university I went to had about 11,000. I recently read an article that listed be benefits of online education. Some of the qualities listed include: quality education, online degrees are valuable, student-centered learning, convenience and flexibility, and ready for the future. When discussing this topic with several #geny members, they saw few of those values. Of course, convenience and flexibility was the main benefit, but the stigma of bad education, no future still exists.
The statement Online education was originally made for GenX’ers that wanted a change and didn’t have time for traditional education rings true, although it has grown to the point where you can get an online education in just about anything, from a degree in social work to a nursing degree all online. Today’s GenY members don’t value what for-profit institutions have to offer. Whether it be a midlife career change or wanting to better yourself, most GenY will take advantage of traditional education as oppose to GenX focusing on for-profit education.
To make it simple, I don’t think GenY will ever embrace for-profit online education. The stigma that exists will need a lot more fine-tuning in order for GenY to think it credible and worthwhile. I’m not saying that it hasn’t worked before because I know several people who are doing well, but in part, that deals with charisma and knowing how to market yourself. Do you think the stigma will ever vanish from the thoughts of the younger generations? We all have an opinion so feel free to share yours!
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Blake McCammon, is an intern at Xceptional HR. Connect with Blake on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Blake is a recent grad of Northeastern State University with a degree in Business Administration. During school he created and managed his university’s social media strategy. He is currently the co-moderator for the Twitter chat, #genychat which takes place every Wednesday at 9pm EST.