Online Degrees?

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Online Degrees?

twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
Hey EF I'm currently getting myself ready to go back to school. I've finally got approved for disability, which will help me pay for school and/or be able to receive financial aid. The reason I'm on disability is because I have an anxiety disorder, so what I'm asking is do you have any suggestions on degrees that will help me at home? I'm hoping to be able to work from home whether it be my own business or finding a company I can work for online. Right now I'm looking at marketing and sales which does include a 'job listing' for online jobs when my degree is complete. I'm just completely not sure where to start to get the most out of college.

I'm looking for degrees that I can complete online, btw, if you have any online school suggestions too!

P.S. Even if/when I do get better and I'm able to work in 'the real world' if I'm able to, I have no idea what I want to do, so I couldn't answer that, lol.
09/23/2010
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ScottA ScottA
Anything general business would probably be good. Make sure that the school you're considering is fully accredited and reputable, or else things get bad (some states have at least talked about making "claiming a degree from a unaccredited school" illegal).

Many programs might be mixed, where they expect you to come to classes once or twice a quarter, but the school's disability support services should be able to help figure something out that works.
09/23/2010
Envy Envy
I agree, something in the business field, maybe even accounting if you can fins such jobs to be done at home. I suffer from anxiety bad as well, but I can't get disability for it. (My family will never hear of it.)
09/23/2010
Kindred Kindred
Be very careful. There was a recent news story about online schools. Basically, they revealed that there were a lot of undisclosed costs associated with enrollment and in many cases the degree was useless. That's certainly not to say that there aren't good online schools, but it's another area where people are being taken advantage of. I had heard most of the schools that were profiled from tv commercials.
09/23/2010
Envy Envy
Why not find a local school and see what they offer in online classes? I did that and took a majority online the second part of my college years. (I actually liked it and preferred it after having dealt with too many 'fresh out of high school' idiots who ruined the class experience for me.)
09/23/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
With the above mentions, another idea is to contact the college you'd like more info on. Let them know you have "special accommodations" and are inquiring about online classes. Some colleges may have programs, but choose not to advertise them.
09/23/2010
twistedheartsx twistedheartsx
Thank you everyone! The local college around here has one online class, but I'll have to just call around our state colleges. I definitely don't want to get a degree and then have it not count. I don't see how they can do that in the first place or what the point even is!
09/23/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by twistedheartsx
Thank you everyone! The local college around here has one online class, but I'll have to just call around our state colleges. I definitely don't want to get a degree and then have it not count. I don't see how they can do that in the ...
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09/23/2010
Riccio Riccio
First, congratulations on making substantive improvements in your life.

Then, I highly recommend _Bear's Guide to Earning Non-traditional College Degrees_, which is also known as _Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning_, by John Bear, Ph.D. He will tell you which are legitimate, details about the program and will save you a lot of time and money.

Best of luck!
09/24/2010
ScottA ScottA
Accreditation is the process by which schools demonstrate to an outside body that their programs are rigorous enough to be considered a "real degree" (in simple terms). If the school isn't accredited by a "regional accreditation agency" then go somewhere else.
09/24/2010
Sammi Sammi
Quote:
Originally posted by twistedheartsx
Thank you everyone! The local college around here has one online class, but I'll have to just call around our state colleges. I definitely don't want to get a degree and then have it not count. I don't see how they can do that in the ...
There are a lot of colleges out there that offer online degrees. Distance learning is a big thing nowadays (not really new, but growing exponentially in popularity). Worth checking in to!
09/24/2010
Kayla Kayla
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Originally posted by ScottA
Anything general business would probably be good. Make sure that the school you're considering is fully accredited and reputable, or else things get bad (some states have at least talked about making "claiming a degree from a unaccredited ...
Accredidation is the MOST IMPORTANT PART! Most online degrees are not accredited. This means they aren't accepted as real degrees. Don't take any employee's word on this. Seek it out on their website or paperwork. There's been a lot of news articles about employees lying about what accredidation they have when they are paid on commission.

A better option if you ask me? Go to a real community college and take most of the courses online. You'll have to go in for a few of the harder courses, but most easy ones are offered online for distance learning.
09/25/2010
ScottA ScottA
Quote:
Originally posted by Kayla
Accredidation is the MOST IMPORTANT PART! Most online degrees are not accredited. This means they aren't accepted as real degrees. Don't take any employee's word on this. Seek it out on their website or paperwork. There's been a lot ...
And whatever you do get in touch with the school's disability support center. They can make things happen when necessary. Since it's important I'd try to schedule a meeting with them when you are looking at a school (telephone or online meetings would work as well).
09/25/2010
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