(please forgive my sloppy terms "online doctors" and "online doctorate") I've been pondering the efficacy of a doctorate earned online. I used to think that earning one was a worthwhile endeavor because many have done well with online doctorates in the past. But it seems like things are changing. There are more and more doctorate holders in the work force every year yet the number of academic jobs for online doctors (online adjunct, Etc) seems to be leveling off or even dropping. Many of the profit schools that regularly hired online doctors appear to be past their peak, according to recent articles. Is it just me, or does it seem like earning a doctorate online is becoming less and less of a good idea as time passes? Some say it was never a good consideration for earning a good ROI on your tuition. It also seems like this phenomenon extends beyond the online world, so the idea of earning any kind of a doctorate is losing some of its sparkle. EDIT: It just occurred to me that this could be interpreted as an insult on those that already hold a non-traditional doctorate. If it seems that way, I sincerely apologize, this is not what I meant. I highly respect those that have parleyed online doctorates into successful careers. I'm just wondering if that kind of success can be duplicated in the current environment.