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Old Feb 9th 2011, 5:11 pm
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Has anyone done one of these? I'm looking into doing one in my spare time and would appreciate any recommendations or "don't use this one" experience!

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Has anyone done one of these? I'm looking into doing one in my spare time and would appreciate any recommendations or "don't use this one" experience!

Thanks.
You're thinking of becoming a phoenix??.... ITTTech-y??
How are they (or a particular one) treated by prospective employers?

N.B. Not all are going to be credited institutions... ie recognized; so you may run into problems with that... esp if you're thinking of transferring accumulated credits.

Are community colleges and their on-line programs an option?

Don't automatically go for their 'student financing/loans' ... read up on them! - take out or include such loan in your term life insurance policy!
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As Tarkak9 already mentioned - but it's so important that I'll repeat it - make sure that the institution is accredited, otherwise you'll end up splurging a lot of money on something that's worth about as much as a diploma you printed at home.

I'd also very carefully compare the costs of tuition, unfortunately any sort of college or university education over here costs big bucks...

If you're "just" after the education without the piece of paper, there are some well-known universities that put the lectures etc up online for free.
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Has anyone done one of these? I'm looking into doing one in my spare time and would appreciate any recommendations or "don't use this one" experience!
If you're doing a degree to help you professionally... then the answer would depend on your profession. If you're doing it because you want to, then there are many fine US online programs. There are several totally online universities. The one with the most money to spend on marketing is University of Phoenix, but it's by no means the only one, or the best.

Maybe it's just me... but given the choice between an online degree by a totally online university, and an online degree by a brick/mortar university that also offers online degrees... I'd opt for the latter instead of the former.

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If you're doing a degree to help you professionally... then the answer would depend on your profession. If you're doing it because you want to, then there are many fine US online programs. There are several totally online universities. The one with the most money to spend on marketing is University of Phoenix, but it's by no means the only one, or the best.

Maybe it's just me... but given the choice between an online degree by a totally online university, and an online degree by a brick/mortar university that also offers online degrees... I'd opt for the latter instead of the former.
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Me too.

It may well be that online universities and degrees become more accepted/acceptable, but I think currently there is still a perception (possibly justified) that distance-learning, online, part-time, etc., are not "as good", so getting a degree online at a university that predominantly educates students full-time, on-campus will probably be better respected. Whether or not that is fair is a separate issue, but I think that's the current perception of many employers.
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Not to mention the fact that University of Phoenix prices are astro-bloody-nomical. Just stupidly, unjustifiably high.

...and my corporation tends to steer clear of anyone with an online-only degree.
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As I'm employed full-time, I don't think I can do the traditional on-campus ones due to time. All good feedback though, keep it coming.

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As I'm employed full-time, I don't think I can do the traditional on-campus ones due to time. All goof feedback though, keep it coming.
No, I think the suggestion was that you could do a class at a time online, offered via a traditional university - no different than what you were originally suggesting, just offered by a regular university. Doesn't have to be full-time.
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ah, ok. Thanks!
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This isn't answering your question, but it may give you an idea for an alternative. Why not find out if you can study with the OU (www.open.ac.uk) even though you're in the US?

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You're in Boston.

Go to Northwestern and get in-state rates, can do some of the classes in person, or do them online. It's a good uni too.

Quite a few in Boston have online options though, so ring around, some are better than others.

I wouldn't touch a online only place with a barge pole as the qualification wouldn't be respected or worth the paper it's printed on, so you might as well give me the money and I'll shit in a brown paper bag for you
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This isn't answering your question, but it may give you an idea for an alternative. Why not find out if you can study with the OU (www.open.ac.uk) even though you're in the US?

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You can't.

If you've started a course in the UK, you can potentially finish it whilst in the US, but you can't register as an overseas student.
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You can't.

If you've started a course in the UK, you can potentially finish it whilst in the US, but you can't register as an overseas student.
Actually you can study while you're overseas as they state on this page:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/

IIRC you'll end up paying much higher tuition, though.
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Actually you can study while you're overseas as they state on this page:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/

IIRC you'll end up paying much higher tuition, though.
That's just the Home page. I think this page is more specific to studying while overseas:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/contact/quest...S&cat=1-1GSR1Z

In particular, this question may be relevant to this thread:

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Actually you can study while you're overseas as they state on this page:

http://www3.open.ac.uk/study/

IIRC you'll end up paying much higher tuition, though.
You can study, but you can't sign up for a new course whilst out of the UK.

It's come up on BE quite a few times in the past.
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