Aspen Ed.D Program

Discussion in 'Education, Teaching and related degrees' started by jackrussell, Oct 14, 2009.

  1. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    After reading tons of RA against NA against NO Nothing accreditation and digging up all the dirt that I can find about Aspen through Google. For eg, Aspen Spam, Aspen Problems etc. Looks quite a clean university, only regretful is the DETC. But they offered me the flexibility and also the courses I wanted. Taking the plunge right now! Guys! Do wish me the best!
  2. me again

    me again Well-Known Member


    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Aspen University is accredited by DETC. Dr. David Lady, DegreeInfo.Com Forum's member is current President of the Institution. You will not find any negative about this school because they have great customer services/administrative staffs. I took two courses with them, and thought to complete a Master at Aspen University. However, I withdrew from the program because it is hard for me to go for a Ph.D level with National accredited degree. And Southern Methodist University did not accept any of my Aspen transfer. So, the only negative about Aspen University is national accredited, which has limitation on degree holder for advance studies.

    So, Good Luck!!!
  4. dl_mba

    dl_mba Member

    You may want to talk to Prospective employers/Schools if they accept Doctoral degree/credits from a NA University before you invest your time and money.
    In general there is nothing wrong with a NA Degree.

  5. emmzee

    emmzee New Member

    There's probably nothing wrong with the educational quality of a NA degree. But from a pragmatic standpoint, depending what a person wants to DO with the degree, it may not be a good option. Ex, someone wants to be an educational administrator, does their local government accept an NA degree? Maybe, maybe not. Ex, someone wants to be able to teach at RA schools, will a NA doctoral degree allow them to do that? Maybe, maybe not.

    Personally, unless cost is a definitive factor, I'd go with a RA degree whenever possible, not due to quality necessarily because I think in terms of the education you receive a NA degree can be just as good, but rather only due to the potential usefulness that is lost with a NA degree.
  6. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Hi Jack,

    Hey, don't say that at the airport...

    What do you plan to do with the doctorate from Aspen?
  7. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    There is nothing wrong with getting an unaccredited degree or a nationally accredited degree or a DETC degree, as long as the limitations of such degrees are understood. Having said that... it's better to get a regionally accredited degree that is nationally recognized. :)
  8. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    I am into elearning so the course fits nicely. It is true that RA will be better than NA. But having said that, UCLA will be better than just RA and Harvard seems a better pick than UCLA.......

    I have read a blog about a Stanford PhD driving a taxi driver

    I guess a lot depends on how you use the knowledge gained. Having a doctorate diploma on parchment is just the beginning rather than the end isn't it?

  9. dlady

    dlady Active Member

    Just found this thread and it made me smile. We do everything we can to do things the right way, much of our ‘cleanliness’ is owed to the many people who have helped bring about Aspen’s culture and ideology, including past presidents Mary Adams & Jerry Alley, and now of course humbly yours truly.

    jackrussell, send me an email at Aspen and we can talk if you want.

    I try not to post too much anymore for fear of using the board inappropriately or fueling the fire for some of the ‘less-than-wonderful’ members who are paid to stalk people and ‘spin’ things a certain way. At Aspen we do have some very cool things in the works; keep checking the programs on the website around the end of the year for some ground breaking new curriculum!

  10. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Dr. Lady:

    Is Aspen University leaning forward for regional accreditation?

  11. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Good luck! You picked a good school. The customer service is great, and the Professors always respond almost immediately. If you have the drive and motivation to succeed, you will. If you don't, a piece of paper from Harvard itself won't do you any good. The NA RA thing does not take this into account. I recently beat out a RA PhD for some contract work with my "nearly" completed Aspen MBA, so I guess that says something. I know mine is an isolated case, but in this economy, the local papers have been publishing many stories about Starbucks Baristas with top name school degrees mixing up hot drinks. Nothing wrong with that, but they will have HUGE amounts of debt to repay, with interest! Wise? Maybe, maybe not.

    Just a side note. Buy your books at They sell international edition books at HUGE savings.

    Go for it!

    Abner :)
  12. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Yes, but why do YOU want to earn a doctorate? What do you plan to use it for? Do you need a doctorate?
  13. me again

    me again Well-Known Member

    Who is paying them and how much are they paid? :eek:

    In some states, stalking can be a misdemeanor or a felony! :eek:
  14. Ted N

    Ted N New Member

    I wasn't aware that Aspen had an Ed.D. program so I want to thank JackRussell for starting this thread.

    I've been thinking about dipping my toe into that pool again. I had completed a couple of courses at NCU before letting one lapse because - well to be quite honest, I hit a wall and had a job change and just ran out of steam real fast.

    I've also been checking out the University of Atlanta for some time because they have been working on an Ed.D. program but it seems like they keep running into roadblocks.

    Please post every now and then to let us know what you think of the course work and the process.

    Ted N.
    MCPO USN (Ret)
    B.A. University of the State of New York
    M.S. Counseling and Psychology -Troy State Universy (Florida Region)
    Ed.S. Teaching and Learning - Nova Southeastern University
  15. geoffs

    geoffs Member

    Interesting Question....unanswerd :cool:
  16. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    Will keep you updated :)

    Too early to say, but received the first lessons, it looks like a lot of work....

  17. Dave Wagner

    Dave Wagner Active Member

    Hey, you never answered the question about what you plan to do with the doctorate, which might mean that the reason is private or that you haven't completely formulated a reason to earn the doctorate. Either way best of luck to you.
  18. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    Well it serves my purpose for a private reason :) . I won't be torturing myself unnecessarily for 2 years if it is just for a piece of paper.

    Thanks I guess I need all the luck I can get. Looks like a tough course to me from the initial courses.

  19. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Please keep us posted Jack. You picked a good school, and others including me are very interested in your journey.

    Abner :)
  20. ebbwvale

    ebbwvale Member

    The question from a foreign student is whether the US Dept of Ed recognizes the degree. If so, then it is will be recognized under GAAP elsewhere. It does and it will be. I know the NA or RA debate rages in the US, but elsewhere it is moot to a large degree as the GAAP question applies.

    A Doctorate from a school, such as Aspen, is probably a later or middle life degree and experience will be as telling as the parchment in the eyes of any employer. It does, however, show an interest in development, currency of information, and an analytical ability which coupled with industry experience makes a superior candidate for a position.

    Newbies probably need to have a degree more from a B&M "higher ranked school" for entry in a tight job market. I would bet that the newbie with an alleged good school education would not be competitive with the experienced person with a degree obtained, while on the job, from a lesser known school. Horses for courses.

    If I was going to do a Doctorate in the US, Aspen would be a worthy consideration. Reasonably priced and to all reports, quite rigorous but well supported. Unfortunately, my interests in Doctorates is not in education. A Doctorate in Social Science or Humanities might be on the money.

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