Big Three Grads, What Did Your Degree Do For You?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by thaddoc, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. thaddoc

    thaddoc New Member

    Graduates from Thomas Edison State, Excelsior and Charter Oak, speak up!

    What has your degree done for you in terms of job advancement, new career opportunities and further education?
  2. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I got into grad school, received four promotions, and tripled my salary.
  3. aplcr0331

    aplcr0331 New Member

    BA Psychology From TESC

    My degree in Psych from TESC helped me to get a better job and raised my income by $15,000 per year.
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  4. Bancho

    Bancho New Member

    I got a BSN from Excelsior and then a MSN/FNP from BSU. I am working as a FNP in a community clinic making a lot of more money. Additionally, I have normal work hours now.
  5. siersema

    siersema Member

    I've had it less than a few weeks, but it got me into a Grad program..
  6. pugbelly

    pugbelly New Member

    Pretty impressive! Congratulations to each of you! My wife has not graduated from Excelsior yet, but should be done within the next 12 months. Coupled with a Paralegal Certification, upon graduation from Excelsior she will be eligible to sit for the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) exam through NALA (National Association of Legel Assistants). Should translate into more money and faster promotions.

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  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Entry into a Master's program at a top-25 school.

  8. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    I had an Excelsior grad go through my OU graduate program with me.
  9. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    My COSC degree allowed me to get into grad school. No career advancement or raises that I couldn't have received without the degree.
  10. CoachTurner

    CoachTurner Member

    Mine made me feel really good about "damn! I did it! I finally finished my bachelor's degree after 25 years of working on it!" :D

    I coulda got into grad school with a bachelor's from anywhere but my Excelsior BS got me in just fine.

  11. Jeff Walker

    Jeff Walker New Member

    Like others, it got me into grad school.
  12. thaddoc

    thaddoc New Member

    I'll be honest, there are some good stories and some ok ones. Almost all of the people who used their Big 3 degree to get into grad schools are currently attending distance learning or little-known schools.

    If you don't use your Big 3 degree to get into a better and more well known grad school, then why bother. I seems to me people love to tout the Big 3 but a degree from there doesn't seem to help much.
  13. wfready

    wfready New Member

    This could be due to the fact that:

    They can't afford to go to a top25 school

    Their jobs don't require a prestigous degree.

    This doesn't mean that they can NOT get into a well known school.

  14. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    In my opinion, a big 3 degree is good for being able to check the figurative "college degree completed" box on an application.

    Many of us were well established in our careers before we finshed our big 3 degrees. Because of this, some of us didn't get or expect any sort of career advancement because of a degree.

    As a side note, I believe the admissions counselor at Regis University was less than impressed with the 30+ Clep/Dantes/ECE/TESC tests listed on my transcript (he made a couple of comments). I think they would have preferred I had a more traditional education. With that said, it didn't stop me from getting accepted or completing the MBA program.
  15. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    LOL. This mentality reminds me of an article I read a while back. Basically, CEOs of top corporations were surveyed to find out which schools they attended.

    To the surprise of the researchers, an overwhelming majority of them just had a community college education, or a 4 year degree from a "little-known" school.
  16. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Ummmmm.....check out the sig line directly above your post.
  17. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    I got into the University of Florida and California State University's graduate programs. Are those little known schools? :confused:
  18. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    It depends. Those are well known states and the state name attached to the school probably makes them better known than the schools may have been otherwise.

    Heck, I live in California and I couldn't tell you what programs in which CSU is well known to be a leader.

    Perhaps thaddoc meant many people have used big three degrees to get access into less selective graduate programs (instead of "little known schools"). As far as b-schools go, U of FL and CSU are little known programs when compared to highly selective programs like those at U of PA or U of Chicago.
  19. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    CSU I'll agree with you, but the UFL Warrington School is ranked #41 by USN&WR.
  20. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    Being ranked #41 certainly is great but schools even that far down the list are off most people's radar.

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