The value of online college degrees is tethered to a university's traditional presence, accreditation, and name recognition, according to series of studies and surveys.

[caption id="attachment_58508" align="alignleft" width="150"]degrees-online Employers said accreditation played a big role in shaping their view of an online degree.[/caption]

Colleges and universities have advertised their growing web-based courses as an alternative for nontraditional students who couldn't possibly attend school the traditional way, spending hours a day in campus lecture halls and discussions sections.

If employers don't view online degrees in the same light as their traditional counterparts, the question arises:...

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