One specific drawback to the rampant growth of these online programs, especially at Liberty University, is the online degree's worth is exactly as that of the traditional degree program. This, unlike the Harvard Extension School, or other similar programs, where your degree is specifically from So and So University Extension School or XXXXX University "Online," cheapens the degree of said university (as directly shared from alumni acquaintances and Liberty transfer at my university).
While not everyone thinks of this when they are 18 and beginning university, I have had a few friends decide on attending elsewhere less akin to a degree mill (some to prominent grad school adcom's suggestions, some to parental concerns).
This isn't to offend those who have worked through these programs (and I know Liberty grads from both traditional and online degree tracks) but I can't imagine not being infuriated when at the end of four plus years my degree cost twice as much (and was an entirely different experience) than the identical one in the hands of someone who paid half and had an entirely different experience.
There's nothing demeaning about finishing one's education online, but there should be some type of recognizable distinction, as both degree tracks are significantly (not just by price) different.
Last edited by biglawhopes; 06-14-2010 at 05:59 PM.