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    gareththomasnz is offline Registered User
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    Excelsior not playing ball with credits

    I decided to join up with Excelsior after hearing all the good things.

    I am in New Zealand and have studied Electronics and computer programming here.

    I got my credits evaluated at ECE and they said I have 138 credit hours.

    Sounds good right coz the Excelsior Electronics degree is 124 credits but of course mine dont quite line up.

    I did expect however at leat 70-80 credits as my Degree was covered by the Sydney Accord which is recognised by ABET. I missed the degree by one paper (calculus 2).

    It was a 3 year Btech degree here in New Zealand.

    Well Excelsior is only offering me 34 credits today on the initial official assessment after enrolment. This is pathetic & does not justify my continuation.

    Even before the enrolment the best I could get them to offer was 48 credits.

    The only reason I was prepared to continue was because my unrecognised credits can get me a BS in computer science also from another University if I completed the additional Excelsior required credits.

    So at 30-40 credits its going to be no deal - I have 138 credits for heavens sake.

    I have just sent them a message that if I don't begin with approximately 50 credits we wont be doing business.

    I do concede that much of the blame falls on the appalling bureaucracy at my old college and also I did not keep my old lab manuals & assignments.

    So now I can only wait for the reply from them. Apart from this problem I have been quite impressed so far with the deal at Excelsior.

    But this is the bottom line - they have not granted credits for many papers clearly completed.

    If any one can give me advise as to how I can get the credits out of them it would be much appreciated.

    The registrar at my old uni in New Zealand is a total ass and its nearly impossible to get him to do anything helpful.

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    gareththomasnz is offline Registered User
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    UPDATE:

    I have requested they switch me to Information Technology . Think I can get things done quicker that way.

    Will do the electronics with TESC hopefully.

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    good luck. Please keep the thread updated as to how this turns out.
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    You can try applying to TESC, but TESC only has ABET accreditation for nuclear energy engineering technology. Their electrical programs do not hold this accreditation.
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    I'm in a completely different field, but when I applied to all of the Big 3 , Excelsior gave me the least number of credits.
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    gareththomasnz is offline Registered User
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    Yes but I have 138 credits a pile of diplomas and no degree.

    I will opt for the degree for now as I know the open university in the UK has a graduate engineering diploma that can provide professional accreditation.

    So for me personally this is the best option. If I had a slightly different match of electronics papers & had kept all of my lab manuals & course work I don't think I would be having any issue with Excelsior accepting the credits.

    So this is the better option in my case.

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    When I went to Excelsior the most flexible option credit wise was the BS in Liberal Studies, you then pick a concentration or two as a focus area. In my case I went from BSiT to BS Liberal Studies concentrations in CIS and Psychology .

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    gareththomasnz is offline Registered User
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    Yeah engineering is stringent at the best of times

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    OK I am pretty frustrated at present. I have 14 credits at upper level. Most of the labs etc but excelsior has not accepted most of the papers due to a lack of documentation. I found a bunch of the labs on my HDD but they are the ungraded originals. I will have them assess my info tech credits but will prob then switch to the BS in Technology computer technologies. I should be able to get that with the arts and sciences 60 credit hours mostly via test out.

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    gareththomasnz is offline Registered User
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    Shame I cant edit my posts - anyway Its partly my fault as years ago I did not keep any graded paper work. I think this is fairly normal for most students.

    A couple of weeks back I was sick in bed with a virus all week so I did a massive search on my backup HDD over several days - I actually found all of my lab material going back 10 years. This is what I should have had for Excelsior from the beginning. I didn't realize there was so much I had saved.

    It is all in electronic format though & is not the graded hard copy. I am expecting it will be sufficient to cover lab requirements though.

    I am sticking with my plan to have them put all of my approved credits into the BS in Technology computer technologies once they finish evaluating the IT credits. I can always upgrade to electronics or nanotech once that degree is complete (a year from now at least).

    Meanwhile I'm doing graduate studies here in software development.

    Right now Excelsior is still evaluating all of my IT papers so with 138 ECE evaluated credits these things take some time.

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