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You know one of my favorite things about having this blog?  It's the ability to get the perspective of 1,000's of different people in one swoop! 

You are a vast resource of information and I am calling on you once again.  Will you help?

So, Doug is seriously considering going back to school to get his Masters degree in business.  We've only gotten as far as filling out the fafsa and began looking at places where he could get an ONLINE degree.  Online is key. 

So my question, OUR question is this, what do you think of a place like University of Phoenix versus someplace more traditional like Penn State or Liberty University?  U of P is accredited.  It's flexible and seems very conducive to our lives, which is important. 

He is not aiming to work as a professor or really even in the educational field but more likely industry.

Do you have a degree from Phoenix?  What is your experience?  There seems to be a great divide between those who have gone there and loved it and those who completely discount it. 

I would love to hear your input!  Thanks in advance and please be nice! :)
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14 comments:

Al@PolkaDotsandPaisley said...

I don't have a degree of U of P but I am currently working on a degree from Athabasca University. They also focus on distance learning (although not exclusively). I like Athabasca because it works with my schedule and lifestyle. As long as it's accredited, why not U of P if that's what works for you?

Jen said...

I work at a college and I guess the problems I have heard is that credits do not transfer well. So if you start at University of Pheonix then make sure you stay there. I am sure it is a wonderful school.

Elizabeth Adcock said...

I don't have a degree from U of P but I just finished my Masters from Penn State's World Campus (all online), so if your hubby has any questions about how the online degree process at Penn State works I'd be happy to tell you guys about my (great) experience.

My best advice would be to check the tuition prices, I know I had friends/coworkers who have U of P degrees that cost as much or more than my Penn State one. Depending on the degree and the company, it may be worth attending the more traditional university, where they treat the online degrees like an on-campus degree and there is no distinction in where you actually completed the course work.

Molly said...

My husband is currently working on his Bachelor's degree from University of Phoenix. He's 6 weeks away from graduating! He's going to take a 4 month break and then start on his Master's from U of P. It works well for us, as we have a toddler, and he works full time. He enjoys his classes, the teachers are great about answering questions/concerns, and we're both very pleased with his experience. Good luck to Doug!

Diana said...

Our across the street neighbor got her master's (in business or human resource management) from Univ of Phoenix while working in human resource with a major company here. She said it was a great fit for her and worked out really well. It translated into her surviving major layoffs (in fact she was "last man standing" here), before getting her desired transfer back to Minneapolis.

I think a lot depends on what kind of degree -- if it's something that should involve clinicals and practical experience (like nursing) -- a lot of the on-line for profit institutions fall very short.

Juliette said...

From my previous higher ed jobs I have to say I share the same sentiments as Jen re: credits.

You probably know by know that different MBA programs have different kinds of focus' and program designs geared to all sorts of jobs and aspirations. You can't even say that 'MBA's aren't created equal' simply b/c there are apples and oranges and bananas in terms of programs. Just make sure you're picking an apple if you need an apple, or an orange if you need an orange.

The other thing to keep in mind w/graduate degrees is 'who do you need to impress -if anybody?' Lots of times a particular school will have a particular stigma attached to it. Try to make sure that won't fight against future career goals.

I really had to fight my way out of a box people put me in a couple of times thanks to my Alma mater. I was up to the fight after graduation, but have to say that today I don't think I could deal with it well. I'm blessed to be a freelancer now where my experience speaks for me.

Bunnyslady said...

One of my good friends got his degree from University of Phoenix and had a wonderful experience. After he had his degree, he found an incredible position at a company that really takes care of him. I think that the best thing to keep in mind is that a lot of your experience is what you make of it. Meaning, if you go in with a clear and open mind, you will take away so much more. Good luck with whichever you choose. :)

Jen said...

We have done the internet school deal!! I'm still finishing online with Moody Bible Institute (unrelated, but accredited), but my hubby has checked out all kinds of schools. He finished his Bachelor's from National University (all online, accredited, based out of San Diego, 4 weeks per course) last fall and did more research for online schools for his Masters. He went with the Point Loma University extension that's nearby, but he did look into U of P and it seems great as long as it works for what you guys need. I think more and more people go the online accredited route, so it's definitely a valid way to go!

Miranda said...

Is there a big tuition difference? I've heard U of P is more expensive than other universities that don't focus on online education. But I'm sure you've considered that!

Miranda said...

Is there a big tuition difference? I've heard U of P is more expensive than other universities that don't focus on online education. But I'm sure you've considered that!

Miranda said...

Is there a big tuition difference? I've heard U of P is more expensive than other universities that don't focus on online education. But I'm sure you've considered that!

Debi said...

Hello my dear Crystal, nice to meet you my dear. I am a new blogger, and have reading some others blogs. I just ran across yours, and thought I would include yours in my blog. (Not that many read mine as of yet lol.)

As for advice, I don't have a clue... sorry dear :( My daughter is taking classes on line, and she seems to like it. She is studying in CA, for a job back in KS. Sorry I cant help you more.

I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day Crystal dear!

Debi B.

http://projectsonthefarm.blogspot.com/
stop by for a visit sometime...

love, kate said...

Ok, I have done sooooooo much research on online schoos, since I am in school. I looked into UoP and first off, it is very, very, VERY expensive!! The people I talked to from theer were complete jerks, they continue calling me to this day and when I say i'm not interested they pretty much tell me i'm stupid for NOT going there!! My degree si different then Doug's, I am going for elementary ed and I talked to the board of ed from Maryland they told me that they do NOT accept degrees from UoP, because they have had such bad experiences from them. I looked into Liberty as well, and they seem a bit better. You guys might want to maybe look into your local schools, you'll be surprised at how much of those classes are offered online. I go to my local cc right now and almost all my classes have been online. Anyways, just do all your research. Hopefully this helps you guys out a little and good luck!!!! :) :)

LibraryGirl62 said...

While I have 2 business degrees, I have since gone into education and have been working on a Master's degree in Educational Leadership online. It is the ONLY way I could do this and I have really enjoyed he experience. I feel challenged and I am definitely learning things I take to my job everyday. GO FOR IT DOUG!!!!

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