December 19, 2011 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm #601188akupermaParticipant
While online colleges are an excellent way to get an academic credential without having to spend time on a goyish campus, one needs to remember that unless the online college is part of an accredited university (accredited by a regional accrediting agency, not merely “licensed”), it is very likely that the credits and credentials issued by the school will not be accepted by many employers or academic institutions. This is especially true on private (expensive, non-government controlled) online schools and are operated on a for profit basis. The way to check if a credential or credit will be a use to you, is to ask whomever you plan to present it to (email an employer that requires a degree, and ask if the one you are thinking of getting is worth anything).
There are companies advertising in the frum community who say they can give you various degrees, for a price, without mentioning that those degrees will not necessarily have any value in the marketplace.December 19, 2011 3:23 pm at 3:23 pm #836482soliekMember
and that required an all caps header because…December 19, 2011 4:26 pm at 4:26 pm #836483WIYMember
Are you insinuating something about a certain news story on YWN this morning?December 20, 2011 2:52 pm at 2:52 pm #836484BTGuyParticipant
WHATS WRONG WITH ALL CAPS? THEY DON’T COST MORE OR USE UP MORE INK. USE THEM TO PRESERVE THE LOWER CASES. LOL.December 20, 2011 3:51 pm at 3:51 pm #836485NechomahParticipant
WIY, I don’t think it’s a matter of insinuation. I saw the same news story as you on YWN and, without akuperma’s having said anything, I could have understood this to be a very valid way to get a degree, especially after everything on the Tuoro vs YU thread. If people are not aware of the ramifications of taking courses in a school that does not have accreditation, it could cause them a serious outlay of funds that do not give the person what they are really looking for. I sincerely hope that the institution in the article DOES get accreditation because it would give a lot of people a better option of getting a degree than is available now.December 21, 2011 2:28 am at 2:28 am #836486JotharMember
MIT is offering online certifications for a fraction of the price of attending MIT, and without the atmosphere of college.December 21, 2011 5:34 am at 5:34 am #836487thecuriousoneMember
Just to interject here:
As someone currently applying to medical school, I can tell you that these online degrees from practically any college is worthless to graduate schools. The exceptions are some law schools and/or business programs.
If you want to get a degree for “the sake of getting a degree”, then by all means – go with an online degree from Naaleh or any of these programs. If you are planning on going to a serious graduate school, don’t.
Jothar – I’ve used MIT OCW in the past, and you do not get any sort of degree through it. To quote the following:
One must keep in mind that MIT OCW is not a substitute for attending regular and online universities and also OCW users will do not have any access to the faculty or professors.
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