63% Say They Favor Job Candidates from Traditional Schools
NEW YORK–(EMWNews)–While employers and hiring managers are seeing more job applicants with
online degrees these days, they’re not exactly
clamoring to hire them. According to Vault.com’s
2008 Online Degrees Survey, while 49% of those who make hiring decisions
have encountered applicants with online degrees, a 15 percentage point
increase from this survey three years ago, only 19% have actually hired
a candidate who only possessed an online degree, a one point decrease
from the last survey.
“A candidate with an online degree would have
to be truly extraordinary otherwise to merit serious consideration,”
said one hiring manager. “I don’t think online
degrees reflect a serious commitment to education on the part of the
Vault’s 2008 Online Degrees Survey was
conducted in early June and consists of responses from 172 employers and
hiring managers working in various industries across the United States.
When asked if they would give equal consideration to job candidates with
online degrees and those with degrees from traditional colleges and
universities, 63% of survey respondents said they would favor job
candidates with traditional degrees while 35% said they would give them
Vault CEO Erik Sorenson said, “Everything has
moved online, including education. Though more and more Americans are
getting educated online, there is still a bias toward traditional
classroom education, especially for high-end careers and top-ranked
While 83% of employers and hiring managers say that online degrees are
more acceptable than they were five years ago, it seems there is still a
ways to go before employers fully embrace them.
For more on online degrees, visit www.vault.com/online-degrees/.
Vault is the leading media company focused on careers, offering over 120
books and a celebrated online resource, www.vault.com,
which features thousands of company and university profiles, information
on hundreds of occupations and industries, articles on a multitude of
workplace topics, a network of message boards for professionals and
jobs-related video, blogs and research tools. Maintaining offices in New
York, London, Mumbai, and Hong Kong, Vault was founded in 1996 and
recently received a majority investment from Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a
$5 billion private-equity firm focused on media and communications.
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