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Like Scott Walker, I also wish to finish my Bachelors Degree online.  Unlike Scott Walker there is no underhanded, nefarious purpose to my goal; I'd just like to finish my degree!

Hence my problem:  I remember checking just a few years ago for available programs and found very little being offered.  And since I was in no position to return to a brick and mortar school, I tabled the idea and got on with my life.  After reading Mark E Anderson's diary on that Scott Walker's latest quest for political legitimacy, it got me thinking.  Not about Walker... I try to think as little about Scott Walker as I can... but about my own promises to myself.  So once more I searched Teh Google, for "Online Degree Programs," and was rewarded with about 142 million results!  Lord!  I don't have a few years to cull through 142M websites.  So I'm turning to the community for advice.  

My question:  If you've started, attended, and/or completed an online degree program (or know of someone who has), then Congrats! and please leave me a comment covering your experience and recommendations for the program(s) you attended.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give me!

Bill C.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

    by WSComn on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:46:53 AM PDT

  •  quick note: first of all, stay away from all for (10+ / 0-)

    profit online universities.  Many of them have graduation rates of less than 20% and tuition which rivals any Ivy League brick and mortar.  In addition, many of them are unable to back up the glowing job prospects they advertise their grads enjoy.  In a tough job market, many employers do look askance at on line universities

    I would suggest in investing in Dr John Bear's guides to nontraditional degrees.  He is the go-to go on nontraditional education for many people.  Years ago, my wife used his book to choose a distance program for an MPH from Loma Linda University.

    All I can say is you cannot be too careful.  There are lots of scammers out there and many people end up with financial loans up the wazoo to pay for educations that are not what are advertised  

    •  Thanks, entlord... Wise advice! n/t (0+ / 0-)

      "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

      by WSComn on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:19:26 AM PDT

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  •  Check out your state institutions. (6+ / 0-)

    See if your state schools offer any on-line degrees. They are probably reputable and cost the least. If a private brick-and-mortar school has a good reputation (decent graduation rate, appropriate accreditation for your major), then their on-line programs may be alright but more expensive. Hope this helps! Good Luck and congrats  on pursuing your dream!

  •  I happen to know (3+ / 0-)
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    pvasileff, Joy of Fishes, WSComn

    The School of Hard Knocks has an online degree program now.

    Long story.

    The better I know people, the more I like my dog.

    by Thinking Fella on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 10:08:03 AM PDT

  •  Governor's State University (2+ / 0-)
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    Iberian, WSComn

    You've probably never heard of it. It's a small public university in Illinois that offers some of its degree programs online.

    It's a non-profit, public university unlike many of the for-profit degree mills.

    It has also done a great job of keeping tuition affordable, unlike most other state universities.

    I'm not affiliated, I just researched them for an article I'm writing about educational expenses.  I've talked to a lot of people who are very happy with the education they received, and the affordable prices.  

  •  SUNY Online (2+ / 0-)
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    terabytes, WSComn

    Check The State University of New York. The Degrees are administered by some of the best colleges in New York State, with 64 campuses to choose from. Good luck!

  •  Villanova (1+ / 0-)
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    WSComn

    Without know what field you're interested in I'll just say my wife is doing a BSN completion program online at Villanova. Price is fairly reasonable and the courses are very well run. They work through something called University Alliance which consists of about a dozen schools including places like Notre Dame and Michigan State (and Villanova of course).

    •  I'd be a BFA... should've mentioned that (0+ / 0-)

      But my son is a CNA and is interested in pursuing his Nursing Degree.  He and I have talked about BSN online programs before.  The degree your wife is working towards sounds like something he'd be interested it.
      I'll check it out for my little slice of interest as well.
      Thanks!

      "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

      by WSComn on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:26:30 AM PDT

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  •  I'd look into (1+ / 0-)
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    WSComn

    http://www.esc.edu/

    Empire State College. It is part of the SUNY system, ergo, accredited.

    "Le secret des grandes fortunes sans cause apparente est un crime oublié" Balzac

    by gelfling545 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 01:40:40 PM PDT

  •  Take a look at Thomas Edison State College (1+ / 0-)
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    WSComn

    in New Jersey.  They specialize in adult students, credit by exam, any way they can to get a degree.  Regionally accredited.  (And watch out for that - you want to be sure the school is regionally accredited.  If you can start an online school, you can start your own accreditation service.)

    "Republicans are poor losers and worse winners." - My grandmother, sometime in the early 1960s

    by escapee on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 02:12:24 PM PDT

  •  Family member did UMUC, good program (1+ / 0-)
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    WSComn

    A member of my family finished up at University of Maryland University College, the online program.

    Verdict: good program, very helpful people, no stress.

    You get a degree from a well-known state university.

    Family member liked it so much, now in graduate school there.

    Long time ago, I did a "lifetime learning" degree at University of San Francisco (private, not a state school). They have always been at the forefront of alternative education (since their Lone Mountain College days) so I would suggest they might be a good one to check out as well. (But I'm not up to date on their offerings.)

  •  The three most important questions: (2+ / 0-)
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    SuetheRedWA, WSComn

    A. Where do you live?
    B. What type of degree/major are you hoping to obtain
    C. What post-secondary education have you already completed?

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 03:40:42 PM PDT

    •  Here you go... (0+ / 0-)

      I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan
      Hoping to obtain a BFA in English/Writing
      I hold a Associates in Digital Electronics from a local (and legitimate) Community College.

      BC

      "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

      by WSComn on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 06:29:23 AM PDT

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      •  Well, I'd say that your first stop should (1+ / 0-)
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        WSComn

        probably be here:

        https://vcampus.mccvlc.org/...

        Which is a site for a Michigan-state-wide online community college credit program. You would be able to knock down, at relatively low cost, the first 2 years' worth of general ed credits (whatever isn't already covered by your Associates).

        In Wisconsin, there's an official "guaranteed transfer credit" program between the state's public 2-year college system and the public 4-year "University of Wisconsin system" (about a dozen distinct campuses around the state). Tuition in the 2-year system is half that of the 4-year -- about 4K versus 8K for one year of full-time study.  I don't know anything about Michigan's state university system, so you'd need to look into that. However, there is almost no doubt that the most cost-effective approach you're going to find, if it exists, is a Michigan-based public post-secondary program that combines 2-year and 4-year college work, and possibly "life experience" credits to boot.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 08:29:03 AM PDT

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        •  You are awesome, UntimelyRippd! (0+ / 0-)

          Thank you so much for the valuable information!

          "It just kills me that we put that idiot in office… twice. But I guess there has never been a shortage of idiots in politics." Helen Philpot writing about GWB, April 25, 2013

          by WSComn on Fri Apr 11, 2014 at 01:43:55 PM PDT

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  •  Capella.edu (1+ / 0-)
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    WSComn
    •  It started out as a Doctorate program for (1+ / 0-)
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      WSComn

      Psychology...it is accredited by Northwestern. It is strictly and online campus out of Minnesota....two huge skyscrapers are the actual facilities. I got my degree there and have 2 friends who have gone as well both loved it too. Fully Pell Grantable.

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