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Hi.  I have about 90 sememster units, but no degree since I'm missing some general ed classes.  My employer is expecting about 100 people to retire this January due to pension changes.


Needless to say, its a great time for advancement.  I want to get my degree as soon as possible.  Other than University of Phoenix, does anyone know of any online programs that is ideal for law enforcement?  Less expensive than Phoenix would be nice too. 


Thanks and have a great day!! 


 


 


 


 

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Why not call some local colleges and axe? Axe those you work with.

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YES !


Since you are in Alameda, check out Union Institute & University out of Sacramento. Excellent accreditation, flexible schedule, in-class or online course. You can obtain your undergraduate degree or your post graduate degree. 80%+ of the students enrolled are law enforcement professionals, whether active or retired.


And for clarification, a 'quick' degree program by my definition is an accelerated program, ... and not a purchased-by-mail degree.


I would no longer support or suggest the Phoenix program.


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Thank you both for the replies.  Sarge, I remember our union attorney telling me about Sac University once.  Thanks for refreshing my memory!

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Sarge, I would like to hear your reasoning on the Phoenix program. I am currently enrolled and have completed a year of school. What about it has turned you off?

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 The biggest thing you have to look out for is something The Sarge mentioned, "Accreditation".  There are a lot of online schools that make getting a degree fast and easy but the paper is worth more than the actual degree.

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schultzy04 says ...



Sarge, I would like to hear your reasoning on the Phoenix program. I am currently enrolled and have completed a year of school. What about it has turned you off?


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Schultzy, sad to say but the Phoenix program has fallen out of favor with a good deal of law enforcement professionals I know. In the beginning, they were the rare option of flexibility afforded a working cop. You also paid through the nose. They are a for-profit enterprise that is, essentially, a business.


The one college I mentioned actually values a California training record. They will evaluate your POST transcript and award you college credit. You figure the average LEO may have hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of certified training.


I hold higher education on a slightly more idealistic plane. And a more personal endeavor. Phoenix excellence has been diluted and their influence has diminished. They are a stuggling business.


Now Schultzy, don't let me sway you from your education goals and aspirations. If you are happy with Phoenix and it is providing you what you need and want, then stay your course.


I am just one voice.



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I was getting frustrated with my lower level courses. It was difficult to interact with other students, because they could not form a complete sentence or make a valid point. I asked my advisor about it, and they said they have open enrollment, and many of these students will be weeded out after a few classes. It gave me hope of challenge in future classes, but it also made me realize they were in it for the money. My classes now are more challenging and interaction with fellow classmates is more enjoyable. I do see problems with the University of Phoenix allowing anybody to enter. Their success rate is around 20 percent and their retention is around 50 percent. I have less than a year left. Hopefully my degree will mean something when I am finished.

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 I recently started back to school to get my degree.  I found a local university that has a program where I attend one day a week for about two years.  My life experience will get me the remaining credits along with some that I have collected over the years.  I would recomend checking local colleges and universities for this type of program.  Personnally I don't think I could do online classes.  My sister is working on her masters degree and all of her classes are online.  I just don't think I would have the discipline to do the work online.  Good luck in whatever you decide.

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Is there such a thing as a "Quick Degree"?  I guess you need to define a "Quick Degree."


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JIMROC says ...



Is there such a thing as a "Quick Degree"?  I guess you need to define a "Quick Degree."


 


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We did, brutha-man. A Quick Degree is a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited college that involves an accelerated program. Today, the term Distance Learning is a part of the academic lexicon. Online classes facilitate the equivalent of being in a brick and mortar classroom where otherwise a student may not be able to attend in-class courses. As mentioned by 'mmmm', it takes personal discipline to complete online classes. It also takes a reliable computer and a certain measure of simple competency as a computer user.


A Quick Degree could also include an older student that has a little college here and a little college there. When you sit down with an evaluator/counselor you might discover you can cobble together a legitmate degree in less time than you originally thought. Attending four years at a college is more rare these days if you are an adult with a fulltime career, family, mortgage, etc. So colleges are accommodating more and more online classes that provide college credit. Even Harvard has online classes.



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I get "quick degree" as defined here, but the phrase itself seems to lend itself well to describe "diploma mills".




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Experiential Portfolio Credits is a term I heard before, but do be carefull ALOT (not all) of the Schools that give credit for experience have no valid Accreditation.


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@mz66, dochudon, all:


Caveat Emptor is the hailing cry.


Definitely-definitely buyer / student /  potential student beware.


You have to check for accreditation.


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Yes, I am enrolled at University of Phoenix  and it's online. and I just finished my fifth courses and I think that school is excellent .

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TheSarge says ...



@mz66, dochudon, all:


Caveat Emptor is the hailing cry.


Definitely-definitely buyer / student /  potential student beware.


You have to check for accreditation.



Bump.....................CHECK FOR REGIONAL ACCREDITATION.


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All great repsonses so far! Thanks.

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 I'm getting my degree through Excelsior College. It's fully accredited and highly used by the military. Most of my classes are 15 week courses consolidated down to 8 or you can choose to do the 15 week ones instead on most, if theres a choice for one or the other. Not very expensive, compared to Phoenix, which I tried before. with the number of credits you have already, you can finish in 6 months, I started with 88 in July and on track to finish no later than August with taking 2 classes per session at 3 credits each.

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To add another to your list, Columbia Southern University. I don't know too much about Phoenix, but CSU is $200 a credit hour, $265 for graduate level classes with books included.