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Old 04-15-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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I've seen several job positions at different companies that state an MBA from an online university will not be recognized.
Please post a link to these biased companies. If an online school is REGIONALLY accredited and recognized by the US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION these companies are begging for a lawsuit.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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Please post a link to these biased companies. If an online school is REGIONALLY accredited and recognized by the US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION these companies are begging for a lawsuit.
Whether that's an issue or not, I really think that brick-and-mortar school's distance ed programs are the way to go.

I'd never give my money to UofP or Strayer or their ilk. The NYT ran a good story a year or so ago about how the Univ. of Phoenix sinks a tremendous amount of money into their "enrollment consultant" positions -- basically sales positions who get paid to get people enrolled in classes. The actual follow-through on degrees is much lower compared to other institutions.

I'd echo ECU and NC State as being good choices. I seem to recall that one of the Maryland schools (UMBC?) was an early pioneer in distance ed and might also be worth a look.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:50 AM
 
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Also, I've seen several job positions at different companies that state an MBA from an online university will not be recognized.
I wondered how long before the back-lash against On-line diploma mills would start. The employers are probably saying they will not accept applicants who graduated from On-line programs, just as many companies will not accept applicants who graduated from "Brick and Mortar" schools with a poor academic reputation.

There may also be a work ethic issue, with students who had to get out of bed and attend structured courses being viewed higher than those who logged-on only when convenient for them.

My former brother-in-law taught classes for an On-line university. He said too many students were grossly under-motivated and under-performed. If the "Norm" for such an institution is low, then even the highly motivated students (and there are some) are judged with a juandiced eye by recruiters. Some schools may be very good, but the reputation of the entire genre of On-line education is slipping rapidly due to the greed of the diploma mills.

I earned my Masters degree in a Distance Learning program from a "Brick and Mortar" university, Rensselaer Polytechnic. I recommend that people looking for an On-line program limit their search to these schools, and there are a LOT of them, some with very famous names. The same On-Campus courses and lectures are web-cast to the distance learning students, and exams/projects are proctored to ensure honor code compliance.

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Old 04-16-2008, 06:02 AM
 
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Many top-notch universities have a limit on how many online courses they will accept for graduate school (I don't know about undergrad). Also when applying to a program they will look and see where you took the online courses--for example, UNC-Chapel Hill offers online courses and they would be looked at in much better light than say a local community college or technical college online. (You would still take the final exam proctored at UNC--or an approved site elsewhere). That's what I was told by admissions to a grad program at Duke. They did, however say that they look at the whole picture--so a few online courses while you're working certainly does not make you look like a slacker!
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:58 AM
 
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One thing to consider is that many of these schools (ECU, NC State, UNC) won't accept many transfer credits from smaller Associate Degree schools. Local schools, yes, they will. I know this first hand because I have an Associates from a school in Pittsburgh and was pretty much forced to go to Strayer because these other schools wouldn't accept any credits and I'd have to start over as a freshman. IMO, having a Bachelors is more important than where it came from.

I've been at Strayer for over a year now, and it's what you make of it. Some students have trouble, some don't. If you are [SIZE=2]disciplined and do the required reading and assignments, then you get out what you put into it.[/SIZE]

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Old 04-16-2008, 07:13 AM
 
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One thing to consider is that many of these schools (ECU, NC State, UNC) won't accept many transfer credits from smaller Associate Degree schools. Local schools, yes, they will. I know this first hand because I have an Associates from a school in Pittsburgh and was pretty much forced to go to Strayer because these other schools wouldn't accept any credits and I'd have to start over as a freshman. IMO, having a Bachelors is more important than where it came from.

I've been at Strayer for over a year now, and it's what you make of it. Some students have trouble, some don't. If you are [SIZE=2]disciplined and do the required reading and assignments, then you get out what you put into it.[/SIZE]
Actually, after reading more on the ECU website, they may take my associate credits. Thanks for the link, I'm going to see about transferring.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Oxxford Hunt, Cary NC
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I had no problem transferring credits from a community college in Virginia to NC Wesleyan. I did have to retake some upper-level accounting classes, however - but that's the risk I took by getting an Applied Science degree rather than one geared towards transferring.

Strayer does have a very liberal transfer policy. I just got majorly turned off by them years and years ago - I enrolled but did not register for classes the first semester. The admissions "counselor" pretty much harrassed me at work - calling multiple times asking me when I was going to register. He was very pushy and I decided NOT to attend Strayer because of it.

For some employers just having the degree is all that matters - but others will not view the online university degrees as being equal to the more traditional programs. I think a lot of it depends on the field you are in and how competitive it is.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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NC Wesleyan College accepted all of my transfer credits from my previous school (Northern VA community college) except 1 class. They were very good about counting everything that I took and the night class (1 time a week format) is great for working adults. They are also a "brick & Mortar" school which is more desirable than say U of Phoenix. All of my Community college credits were accepted as transfer credits and my GPA started fresh.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: 40/42 area
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Keep the advice coming - I am so thankful to you all out there!
I'm online right now checking out the various recommendations.
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Old 04-16-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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Yes. I graduated from SUNY Empire State. The SUNY system has most of their courses online now. go to www.sln.suny.edu to get started.
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