12 Ways to gauge the value of your course
A whole new breed of colleges have come up in the recent years, wherein they tie-up with a university to offer MBA as a study/learning/partner centre. These are, despite all the tall claims, correspondence degrees and the status of the institute is that of a coaching centre.
So when you attempt to study in such an institute take active interest in the following factors:
Make sure that the university or institution is approved by the Distance Education Council of India (DEC). This approval is required both for your employment and further study .
Do check if the course you desire to pursue is also offered in full-time mode. Compare the curriculum of the distance education course with the full-time one.
Try and verify how the distance education programme is perceived by the employers.
Speak to students who have undergone the course and understand their experiences. This will help you to assess its benefits in your specific circumstances.
Review the courseware that is provided by the university or institution. Superior content in the courseware and the delivery methodology would give you an advantage in terms of knowledge that you gain here.
Assess the rigour of the programme before you enrol and see if you can donate the required number of hours of study. Students take up very difficult programmes through distance education thinking that tougher courses have better value. If you are unable to match the expectations, in all probability you will lose interest quickly and discontinue the programme.
Understand the support that the institution provides by way of study centres, contact classes, online classes, study-material and so on. Also verify if they are able to provide access to online libraries, case studies, project work, etc.
Sometimes universities prescribe compulsory attendance at the study centres or contact classes. Check if you can spare the required time for such instruction.
Exams for distance education students will be conducted by the university separately and the process of holding exams will be communicated to the students. Check who will conduct the exams. You must choose a programme for which exams are directly held by the university.
The alumni network is one of the strongest pillars of the university system. Alumni add value in terms of taking part in the academics, placement of students and also in forging collaborations with the industry.
Finally understand the total fee structure and match it with your affordability. The total costs associated with the programme must be clear so that there are no surprises.
"Make sure the programmes you wish to pursue are approved by the Distance Education Council of India"