Recommend Online Bachelor's Computer Science?
Q: As I cannot find any contact email address on their site I am posting some questions here. Is this degree avialable to all, i.e non US nationals? I have a high school diploma(12 yrs of school), MCSE(soon), and a HND in City and Guilds[Information Processing] level 4. I donot understand the credits system (http://www1.excelsior.edu/itweb/how.htm) works as I am not from the US. If I donot have the required credits , does it mean I donot qualify for this exam/course?, or I have to give more exams? And if I have to give exams, are they online? The reason I am attracted to this course is ofcourse my MCSE will give me some advantage. Apart from this, does any one know of any Online Accredited Bachelor's degree in Computers, which can be completed within a year?
A: I am enrolled in the Excelsior Real World Computer Information Systems program. You can received up to 24 hours of credit for IT certifications such as Novell, CompTIA and Microsoft. Excelsior is a member of the University of the State of New York. All their programs are accredited at the highest level and recognized by the US Department of Education. In a nutshell; in the US earning a Bachelors Degree normally includes the successful completion of around 120 semester hours of credit. The credit value is pre-determined on a per course basis, normally 3 hours per course. So this means you must complete approximately 40 courses. Of this, 50% are generally in your major, with 25-40% at or above the Junior or Senior (3rd and 4th year levels). The remaining 50% must include General Education and Liberal Arts studies specific to the curriculum. The Real World CIS is a non traditional degree, it can be earned entirely by examination. Such as, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) Subject Standardardized Tests (DSST). Excelsior also offers several correspondence courses. The certification examination program offered by the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) can be used to satisfy the major and upper level requirements. http://www.iccp.org (These are all just examples). You can also complete courses through a recognized regionally accredited college and transfer the coursework into your program. It is very flexible. The best explanation I can offer is to continue cruising around http://www1.excelsior.edu/itweb/itcts01.html Check the Degree Requirement links and Especially "See How It Works" to take cost free personal assessment. I commend you for participating in this forum, where the freedom of speech is never suppressed and where diverse opinions are always welcome. I must, however, caution you on some of the advice that you've been receiving. As many of us do know by now, Richard Kanarek is a actually Richard Douglas, a scam artist and an accomplice of John Bear- the trickster who wrote various editions of Bear's Guide to earning degrees by distance learning, supposedly, "guidebooks." Read the following link, and you'll notice that Richard Douglas was a scammer involved with the MIGS, a degree mill. And with no surprises at all, John Bear was his doctoral "advisor." http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&selm=39C1930F.839D33E%40ero... To make a long story short, John Bear was one of the past owners of the degree mill Columbia Pacific University (disguised as a consultant and give his school the blessing), was one of the four founders of the equally dreadful Fairfax University, and was the past president of the notorious Greenwich University in some remote island. Richard Douglas, turns out to be the same guy who wrote the "expert" column at degree.net (Bear's official website). Most of us here do know John Bear's shady past and I won't get into the details. If you really do want to know, email me and I'll tell you in detail some of his shady past and examples of untrustworthiness in his "guidebooks." Richard Douglas is equally mickey mouse as he boasted himself as a PhD candidate with MIGS, a well-know degree mill. And as if that's not enough, I have reasons to believe that Richard Douglas is posting under Richard Kanarek. 1)they are both named Richard, and 2)when challenged, they brag about being in the army, and 3)they both refer to themselves as "experts," and 4)they both attack the disadvantaged (calling Steve Levicoff a lonely old man and making fun of schizophrenics) 5)they both have some kinds of connections to John Bear 6)they both defend John Bear's scam 7)Unique to Richard Kanarek only; threatened to take military action on me and my family and so I had to take down my uncle's webpages that posted various John Bear's scam tactics I have zero tolerence towards unaccredited schools. I do not tolerate these scammers ripping off foreign students. Whatever you do, make sure the school that you choose is regionally accredited, and check with your employer the programs that you're interested before you send out any money. You really don't want to end up like the graduates of Columbia Pacific and MIGS; they take John Bear and Richard Douglas' words, respectively, as gold, and now they have useless diplomas in their hands. This is especially true when they refer to themselves as "experts."
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