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I've been thinking of going back to school for network administration/security but having a hard time to fit that in with my current schedule. Online school for me would be my best bet. Can anyone recommend a good online school and around how much would it cost?
How do employers feel about online degrees?
How do employers feel about online degrees?
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I'm starting to lean toward choosing a school that has brick-and-mortar & online classes, but offers an entirely online degree, that way when people look at it on my resume, it won't stand out as an obvious online school.
I just got an email that Penn State offers online degrees, maybe check them out.
If anyone knows how Penn State's online program is, let us know.
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There's several WGU'ers here amongst us.
Some less expensive alternatives to WGU/Capella, depending on how you complete the requireements: Excelsior College, Thomas Edison State College, Charter Oak State College. All three of these are very flexible regarding their course requirements.
All three are viewed worse then some online degree programs. All three you can test your way to a BA/BS in whatever via Dantes, CLEP ... etc.
University of Advancing Technology has a BS in Network Security online and has a brick and mortar school in Arizona. The classes are certified by the NSA for INFOSEC.
As for Excelsoir, TESC and Charter Oaks being cheaper then WGU ... $5,800/yr for unlimited classes and vouchers for IT testing with a 2nd chance is pretty cheap. If they had a better network security program I would look more into that but it looks like almost the same classes as the networking degree.
Remember there are only a handful of 'online' universities worldwide vs. thousands of 'offline' universities. This should tell you a lot about the 'normal and acceptable' trend with respect to degrees.
Bottom line, I got my degree offline and I can never imagine getting it via email.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. To me, this sounds very short sighted. Think about it, the main reasons to attend an in-person class are for the lecture and discussion. If these two things can be effectively delivered online (they can be), then what is the difference?
Music, shopping, media, gaming, news coverage, and almost EVERYTHING else has been enhanced and made more convenient by the internet. Why are some people so slow to accept that education will naturally undergo the same evolution??
Like any brick and mortar school, you have to do some research and find a quality school which is accredited, but the "online" part is just a delivery method. Many top schools, including Ivy League schools are now offering some type of online learning.
Step into the 21st century!!!
I couldn't agree more. I am very interested in doing this online, lets face it, many people looking into this are still in full time work so could never get to go back to uni/college.
I would like to know how much of a credible cert this would be to have mixed with other MS certs.
Exactly! Since 'some' people (which may include recruiters) are slow to accept online education, I will sit with the majority. Having said that, I'm not entirely against online education. I believe online education should supplement conventional learning and not replace it
There was another thread about Western Governors university and I believe some folks have commented on somewhat negative perception about online degrees.
FYI. Being in IT, I would be the first to do another degree online, but since most people don't accept it, I have no choice, but to dislike online education until the evolution process is done. If I were to earn a degree for fun to learn something I'm passionate about, I would do it online, but not for bread and butter.
Our grand-grand children may get their degrees online.
True. From my experience, it does take some self-discipline to be successful online. However, I've been in many classes in which people are sleeping or sending text messages the entire class. Slacking is prevalent in both environments.
I do think some programs are better geared towards each type of learning. I wouldn't want to go to a surgeon who only has experience online
Point is brick and mortar schools aren't better then online. You get what you put in but with out teaches being held to higher standards your piece of paper is just a trinket.
You are assigned a mentor who will call once a week or bi-weekly to stay in touch with you, see how your studies are going and if you need any help. There are also communities that you can take part in plus you are provided several resources for your studies. In my case my employer allows for tuition reimbursement which I'm taking advantage of. Biggest and foremost thing is to make sure they are accredited and do research before you make your decision to attend. I made the mistake and did not do enough research on Phoenix before I attended there and seriously regret that mistake.
Unlike Phoenix that is based on group performance and paperwork, WGU is based on performance and proctored exams. There is no seat time and group work where others pull you along. At WGU you have to be motivated and prove your own knowledge, skills and abilities.
I just did an interview for NBC Nightly news that will air in a few weeks. They are spotlighting WGU and how this is a way to obtain education during economic times as well as for those of us that are in the workforce and have lots of experience already. This is not the first national recognition. CBS has done stories on WGU.
Phoenix may have a large marketing budget but in terms of credibility WGU is the silent beast about to take a bite out of their market share.
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