Accredited College Degree Education Online?
Q: When I went to college, you could take equivalency tests & get credit
for courses which you hadn't taken, such as algebra.
As the US economy worsens, & as savvy students try to avoid student
loans & heavy debt, ... wouldn't a cheaper way to earn credit, for the
first two years or so of required college courses be, to study these
subjects at home/library/internet, & then take the equivalency tests?
A:You can patch together courses, tests, 'contract learning', 'portfolio assessment', military training, etc. to get an associate's or bachelor's degree in a Connecticut college. You need not be a CT resident to attend. "Charter Oak State College was established in 1973 by the Connecticut Legislature to provide an alternative way for adults to earn a college degree. The College is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and functions under the degree-granting authority of Connecticut's Board for State Academic Awards. Charter Oak is a Service Members Opportunity College. Charter Oak is a virtual college offering both online based and video based courses. Students can also earn credits based on Charter Oak faculty evaluation of onsite and distance learning courses transferred from regionally accredited colleges and universities, non-collegiate sponsored instruction, standardized tests, special assessment, contract learning, and portfolio assessment. Degrees are offered at both the associate and baccalaureate levels. Sources of Credit You can complete your degree program by combining your prior learning with the acquisition of new knowledge in a manner that best suits your needs and inclination. Charter Oak recognizes that college level learning can take place in a variety of settings both inside and outside the traditional classroom. Therefore we provide you with multiple options for earning credit. You may take distance learning courses from Charter Oak or courses from other regionally accredited institutions, test or portfolio out of courses, or complete courses or workshops that have been evaluated as equivalent to college level learning. Proficiency Tests can be used to evaluate prior learning. Non-collegiate sponsored programs which have been formally evaluated by Charter Oak are the other sources of credit. The College also accepts credit recommendations for non-collegiate programs evaluated by the American Council on Education and the Office of Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction of the University of the State of New York. The Portfolio Review is used for evaluation of all other college-level learning. NOTE: Charter Oak Faculty determine the acceptability of credits earned for prior learning and credits are awarded on a case-by-case basis, depending upon course work completed by the student. Final determination as to the acceptability of credits earned at other institutions and in other programs rests with the Charter Oak faculty. You can earn credit through the following sources: 1.. College Courses 2.. Nationally Accredited Noncollegiate Courses 3.. Military Service School Courses 4.. Noncollegiate Courses/Programs Evaluated by Charter Oak State College 5.. Charter Oak State College Testing Program 6.. National Testing Programs 7.. Portfolio Assessment 8.. Contract Learning