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    TTU PhD Program (Least Expensive?)

    Tennessee Temple University (TTU) has what may be the least expensive nationally accredited PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) program. It is a PhD in Leadership and is mostly online. Tuition is 250 per credit hour.

    TTU is nationally accredited by TRACS and it has a bricks and mortar campus.

    Tennessee Temple University

    Does require a total of 15 days on campus.

    At the risk of invoking Aspen again, if you do not mind an EdD instead of a PhD, TTU does not come close to Aspen's tuition rate (though in the scheme of things is not that much more expensive). When I last looked at Aspen's web site they have extended their tuition break until Nov.

    You pay more for the TTU PhD but it is a PhD, and for those to whom it matters it is earned from a bricks and mortar university. Some advocate campus interaction with faculty and students as beneficial. I suppose there are differing schools of thought on the issue.

    TTU is an inexpensive option from a nationally accredited bricks and mortar school.
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    TTU is nationally accredited by TRACS and it has a bricks and mortar campus.
    From what I've read (others opinions) Tracs is worth something in the RA world. Is this true?
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    Aside from their accreditation, it may actually have better "real-world value" than Aspen because the school looks like its been around for a while with a solid campus history . $250 per credit hour for a PhD in Leadership does not sound bad at all (haven't checked to see those hidden fees yet).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber View Post
    Aside from their accreditation, it may actually have better "real-world value" than Aspen because the school looks like its been around for a while with a solid campus history. $250 per credit hour for a PhD in Leadership does not sound bad at all (haven't checked to see those hidden fees yet).
    Yes, I think when looking for a doctoral program, the fact it has a campus based program (in this case a number of programs, buildings, etc) and a solid history is helpful. Tuition is very reasonable. Plus it is a "Ph.D." Which for better or for worse is often seen as more prestigious.

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    We have a pathological need to invoke Aspen on every thread....must.....talk.....about.....Aspen.....

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    This program has three strikes against it:

    1) It requires you to spend 15 days in Tennessee.

    2) It is religiously oriented.

    3) It requires you to spend 15 days in Tennessee.

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    I am wondering how TRACS is accepted. I looked through the colleges they accredit and I have to admit most of them are very small schools. But others are schools like Bob Jones University (and Liberty , but they dropped themselves from TRACS)

    Turns out Jerry Falwell graduated from TTU.

    For those of us with religious background that is not really an issue! I am also a fan of Anderson Univ, but FOUR weeks in a row is insane. (I am afraid Hampton U's going to have the same issue)

    Interesting though and a good find, should be added to the PhD sticky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas_jefferson View Post
    This program has three strikes against it:

    1) It requires you to spend 15 days in Tennessee.

    2) It is religiously oriented.

    3) It requires you to spend 15 days in Tennessee.
    I suppose that was meant to be humorous. (fail)

    TTU is a great school with a stellar repuation. It has a great history and at the cost of $250.00 per hour is a fantastic bargain. Chatanooga is a beautiful city, especially this time of year. If I wasn't working on my Ed.D. at Liberty I would definitely give TTU a look.

    If you plan on teaching outside of the south, especially in a very liberal area, you may find issues with the utility of the degree, otherwise I would check it out if I were you.

    Liberty University offers their Ed.D. for $250.00 per credit hour to veterans, another baragain imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruble View Post
    I suppose that was meant to be humorous. (fail)
    Humor is relative. Just like morality. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas_jefferson View Post
    This program has three strikes against it:

    1) It requires you to spend 15 days in Tennessee.

    2) It is religiously oriented.

    3) It requires you to spend 15 days in Tennessee.
    I am not sure how the religious issue interacts with the coursework at TTU (may or may not have much impact). For instance, my understanding is that at Liberty the religious nature of the school does not impact DL students studying for secular degrees.

    I know it is a joke but what is wrong with Tennessee? I have never been there but I understand some parts of it are beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garp View Post
    I am not sure how the religious issue interacts with the coursework at TTU (may or may not have much impact). For instance, my understanding is that at Liberty the religious nature of the school does not impact DL students studying for secular degrees.

    I know it is a joke but what is wrong with Tennessee? I have never been there but I understand some parts of it are beautiful.
    Actually, TN is a very beautiful state with the possible exception of the flat terrain in the West near the Mississippi River, depending on your preferences. Even Memphis is lush and beautiful, if you don't mind living in a very humid, rainy climate.

    As you drive East from Memphis and climb to the mountains outside of Nashville, you may notice that G-d spent some extra time making that area beautiful, at the expense of, say, Nevada... ;)

    My only complaint about those beautiful southern states is that the culture is predominantly White-focused; to be completely accepted, you need to act as White as you can. (I say this as a White guy observing White people behave... I'm not calling anybody a racist but only noting how subtle and insidious racism can manifest.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garp View Post
    I am not sure how the religious issue interacts with the coursework at TTU (may or may not have much impact). For instance, my understanding is that at Liberty the religious nature of the school does not impact DL students studying for secular degrees.

    I know it is a joke but what is wrong with Tennessee? I have never been there but I understand some parts of it are beautiful.
    It does impact DL students. There is most definitely a religious slant to the courses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StefanM View Post
    It does impact DL students. There is most definitely a religious slant to the courses.
    Doesn't every school have some sort of belief system that affects instruction?
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    I agree with Dave, Tennessee is very beautiful, in the spring/summer/early fall. Then again, I'm not for cold wet rainy areas at any time, otherwise TN might be a place I'd retired to, so long as all the Vols fans left me alone, GO DAWGS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Wagner View Post
    Doesn't every school have some sort of belief system that affects instruction?
    Yes, this is important to note. I don't consider having to put in a bible verse that relates to a topic or looking at people from the bible and how they displayed certain characteristics overbearing at all. It could very easily be the same as looking at a novel and picking out characteristics displayed by someone or quoting from any other book. I am pleasantly pleased with Liberty .

    I have had this conversation with StefanM before and there definitely is a Christian worldview. I just think that very few people would be completely turned off from it. Of course it would be up to the individual to decide how much they are willing to tolerate of anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garp View Post
    I am not sure how the religious issue interacts with the coursework at TTU (may or may not have much impact). For instance, my understanding is that at Liberty the religious nature of the school does not impact DL students studying for secular degrees.
    One of the TTU's core course is "LEAD 7013 Theological Development (3)". Is this OK for people without religion?
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