IMHO, if you're going to earn the degree, I would go for a RA degree over one that is not. In the long run, it's worth it in my eyes. Forgive me if I overlooked the specific degree you're going for (I see PhD in progress in your sig, but not the area), it seems as though business and education are your two main fields. Have you looked into a program such as Northeastern or UF's EdD's, or the like? In my experience, online programs offered by traditional universities with strong reputations seem to be regarded well, and in many cases, fairly reasonably priced. I recently graduated from Nova with an EdD (completed online), and I hold an MBA and a master's in education. I'm currently teaching at 3 colleges, 2 of which I started at after earning the EdD. 1 of the new schools is local, and I'll be going full time this fall, with most classes on campus, but some online as well. The other 2 colleges are quite reputable institutions that are traditional universities that also offer online programs. In my particular situation, my salary will remain about the same as when I was employed full-time as an administrator in higher education and adjuncting at 2 colleges, but the amount of hours that I'm working has substantially decreased and my quality of life has substantially increased. If I had to go back and do it all over, I would do the online EdD. I believe that it's been an advantage thus far in terms of obtaining employment, particularly in terms of teaching online courses. I would, however, consider a program such as UF or Northeastern, as they did not exist when I began working on my EdD. Sadly, I believe that certain individuals in higher education are quite set in their traditional ways, are threatened by online education, and will be anti-online education until they retire (hopefully soon). More and more frequently, the administrators I've spoken with at reputable institutions are advocates of online education. It takes a few years to build up your reputation as an online educator, but once you've done so, I believe that the RA doctorate is well worth the investment.