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User currently offlineAdam From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 465 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 811 times:

Has anyone taken not just college courses, but certificate and degree programs over the internet? (E.G. University of Phoenix Online)

How legitimate are they, and are they worth the price?


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User currently offlineN317AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 806 times:

I know that Boeing acknowledges their degrees. It hasn't made me rush out and get one yet, but maybe someday.

User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 791 times:

I took online accounting courses in 2001 through Univ. of Phoenix. An interesting experience, the classes are on the expensive side. Overall, it wasn't a bad experience, and I did benefit from what I learned.

Their pitch is that it's geared toward working adults' schedules, and they are regionally accredited, meaning each state where they offer classes recognizes their programs, which isn't a bad thing.

Still, I would first try to take classes through a local university, public or private, if you can. I'm hoping to start my MBA soon, and while UOP offers one, I prefer the in-class atmosphere and the ability to see who I'm in class with and interact with the professor face to face when needed.


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 788 times:

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 2):
they are regionally accredited, meaning each state where they offer classes recognizes their programs, which isn't a bad thing.


Not only is it not a bad thing, but I would go a step further to say that accreditation is required before I'd plunk down the money and spend the time on the degree.


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 779 times:

ShyFlyer: The AACSB rating is the best, and most prestigious. Fewer than 40% of the nations public and private colleges and universities have earned it. One of the qualifications for that accrediation is that nearly the entire faculty needs to have a PhD.

User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 740 times:



Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 4):
The AACSB rating is the best, and most prestigious.

I briefly considered getting my MBA online, so I'm vaguely familiar with this. I hope you don't thing I was being argumentative!  sorry  I just wanted to stress to the other readers of this thread how important accreditation is.  Silly


User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 727 times:



Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 3):
Not only is it not a bad thing, but I would go a step further to say that accreditation is required before I'd plunk down the money and spend the time on the degree.

Agreed.  Wink Minimum, get a degree that is regionally accredited. Online will work better for some than others.

Ideally, try to get in to the best/highest ranked school you can, but make sure that the program they offer matches what you need/want and that is an environment you can thrive in. Some programs are lecture-based, others rely on group activity/case analysis, and others are combination of the two.

Good luck!

Quoting ShyFlyer (Reply 5):
I hope you don't think I was being argumentative!

Nope. I didn't think that for a minute. As they might say in Australia, no worries, mate!


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