Does Anyone Know Some Information About Distance Learning Education?
Q: I would be interested to hear from anyone that has gone through a distance learning educational program or anyone that knows alot about them. I am considering trying to get an MBA via a distance program(online, fax, telephone, and snail mail) but I would like to know if these type of programs are regarded equal upon by businesses compared to standard classroom taught educations.
A: I recommend that you buy a copy of Bear's Guide, College Degrees by Mail. This book is available at most bookstores and contains alot ofexcellent explanation about the acceptability of distance learning programs. There are a few good accredited MBA programs listed in theguide. There are some good unaccredited programs listed as well. Accredited programs are almost always more expensive and require moreresidency than unaccredited degrees. For some who are limited by finances or geography or family commitments, an unaccredited degree isan excellent way to expand your professional credentials and horizons. I've seen the catalog for California Pacific University (619-695-3292), so I know that they offer a well-structured MBA program. CPU is not accredited, but they just had their State Approval renewed for 5 years(the maximum). I've spent a fair bit of time looking into their DBA program. So far, they seem to be very professional in their approach and the tuition is very reasonable. You might also what to look into the Colorado State program and UNIS
A: If you plan to teach at the college level, then regional accreditation is essential, and going to a prestigious school is highly advantageous,if you plan to be a college professor. If you don't plan to teach at a college, then an unaccredited degree will just add another professional credential. I've heard that some companies will not reimburse tuition for unaccredited programs... many probably will though, if it is a good school.
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