ERIC Number: EJ897473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Online Credentials: A State of Wariness
Richardson, Jayson W.
School Administrator, v67 n8 p18-22 Sep 2010
As a first-year superintendent, Nick Polyak has yet to conduct a search for a principal to lead one of his four schools in the Illinois Valley Central School District in Chillicothe, Ill. When that opportunity does come, Polyak is quite sure he'll be skeptical of any candidate whose curriculum vitae lists courses or entire degrees completed in online graduate programs. Polyak's school district marginally accepts online credits among school employees. While the district partially reimburses staff for up to 12 credit hours per year for professional development, only three of the credits may be completed in online classes. In a 2009 report, "K-12 Online Learning," the Sloan Consortium reported that more than 4.6 million students in the United States took an online course during fall 2008, a 17 percent increase over the previous year. The numbers are clear: Online learning and online degrees are here to stay--for educators as well as their students. But in the field of educational leadership, the acceptability of credentials earned online remains highly suspect. The author studied how school district personnel directors treat administrator candidates with online academic credentials and discusses the survey of personnel directors that school leaders completing graduate work online will find skeptical employers.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Resumes (Personal), Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Credits, School Districts, Instructional Leadership, Personnel Directors, Doctoral Programs, Doctoral Degrees, Faculty Development, Credentials, Administrator Attitudes, Negative Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; United States