Distance Education Bachelor Degree, Technical Degree Via Distance Learning
Q: I am trying to find a distance learning program where I can achieve a bachelor's degree in computer science or something close. I have a two year Electrical Engineering Technology degree, a degree in mechanical drafting and I am a licensed Master Electrician. Plus, I estimate I have over 1200 hours of seminar and structured training instruction -- like SUN Solaris system administration. None of these achievements qualifies me for a bachelor's degree in computer science (or any technical field) without attending classes. As far as I can tell, they aren't offered in a distance learning program for people with only an associate degree.
A: If you are interested in earning a college degree through an External Degree Program, Check out The College Network at their home page: http://www.college-net.com/college/ In reply to your specific question, We do have a Bachelor's degree in MIS. After evaluating your transcripts we will be able to determine if your credits are transferrable and whether they can go towards the MIS (or any other) degree. For more information, visit our homepage. What we do: We offer excellent study guides to guide you through earning an accredited degree from the University of the State of New York. You can not only study in your own time at your own pace with confidence because we are there to help you, because WE WANT YOU TO SUCCEED. Why, then, does the option of an experiential graduate degree not exist for our hypothetical 10% of persons who are already competent in their fields? Because (1) it would be economically unfeasible, (2) there are no written standards at this time that would justify the approach, and (3) part of the process toward earning a graduate degree is through the supervision process that comes in an internship or practicum, as well as the structured experience of writing a thesis or significant final product. Not to divert the issue, the same question has been raised in regard to persons pursuing a master's degree without having previously earned a bachelor's degree. I served as a preceptor (student advisor) in the Master of Human Services (M.H.S.) program at Lincoln University here in Pennsylvania, a non-traditional low-residency graduate program that does not require a bachelor's degree for admission if the student has been involved in a human services field for five years or more. The program is one of the best I have seen - a solid mix of theory and practical experience that results in a broad-based human services degree. However, I have found - and virtually everyone I have spoken with in the human services fields have agreed - that persons who earned the M.H.S. without an underlying bachelor's degree did not have the as comprehensive a perspective in their fields as those who had previously earned a bachelor's degree. Why? Damned if I know. (I never presumed to be a social scientist.) But, for lack of a better explanation, that's the way it is. Returning to the central topic, why do virtually all regionally accredited graduate programs require new learning as opposed to granting credit for previous learning? See response above. (Damned if I know, but that's the way it is.) And I have to admit that as much as I learned on my own prior to graduate school, it is throug the graduate process that my learning - past and present - became "systematically synthesized." Thus, to me, the person who wants to challenge entire graduate degrees merely wants to have his or her cake and eat it, too.
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