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

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  1. pugbelly

    pugbelly New Member

    There are thousand of colleges in the U.S. Of those, only about 20 or 30 are really well known for anything other than sports programs. So what????

    Pug
     
  2. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    Coach Turner suggested the big three were well known and had more prestige than 50% of RA schools in the US. I was asking him to explain why he felt the big three were well known (since they don't have any significant sports programs).
     
  3. Arl911

    Arl911 New Member

    Entry into several top graduate schools, some of which are as follows: Georgetown University, University of Virginia, Boston University and Penn State.
     
  4. Pugman

    Pugman New Member

    For what it's worth, I would be interested in hearing about a big 3 graduate that went into Harvard Masters Program.

    As you know, Harvard's ALM is open enrollment to BS/BA degree holders thus qualifying 'Big 3' grads for entry into the worlds #1 University (arguably).

    Talk about utility of a big 3 degree...

    ;-)

    Greg
     
  5. edowave

    edowave Active Member

    There have been a couple, but they haven't been on the board for a while. (Too busy with the Master's coursework I guess.):p
     
  6. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    You're assuming two things:

    1. Everybody who has attended one of the Big Three reads this message board and would surely chime in.

    2. Everybody who attends the Big Three WANTS to go to an Ivy League or prestigious graduate school.

    I plan to eventually pursue my MBA, and have done some checking with many colleges and universities. I have yet to encounter one which would reject an undergrad from the Big Three simply because it's a degree from the Big Three.

    By the way, within a couple of minutes of searching Google, I found these "lowly" graduates of Regents (Now Excelsior) College.

    Martha R. Mahoney
    Property
    Martha R. Mahoney, Professor of Law, earned a B.A. from Regents College in 1981, an M.A. from Tulane University in 1985, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1989. She worked as a law clerk for Judge Warren Ferguson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Professor Mahoney has published and lectured widely in the fields of domestic violence and race and development. She teaches courses in property and land use, criminal law, race and urban development, and public interest law.

    Robert Halliman (1987)
    Associate Professor of Management Technology
    B.A.E., University of the State of New York - Regents College; M.A., Pepperdine University; Ed.D., University of South Carolina.
     
  7. recruiting

    recruiting Member

    OP: I'm just wondering, why did you ask this question in the first place?

    Are you enrolled in one of these schools?

    Are you a graduate of one of the "Big Three"?
     
  8. lchemist

    lchemist New Member

    Thank you.

    I graduated from Excelsior on June '06. A few weeks latter I enrolled in the Master of Science In Civil Engineering at Loyola Marymount University in Los ngeles (B&M) http://lmu.edu/PageFactory.aspx?PageID=26205

    Luis
     
  9. John DeCarlo

    John DeCarlo New Member

    Charter Oak

    My Charter Oak B.S. got me: a promotion, higher pay, into grad school where I finished an M.S. and now I'm working on a PhD at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Charter Oak re-opened the door for me that traditional colleges had closed once life happened.
     
  10. datapoly

    datapoly Member

  11. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    My feelings are" why spend so much time on an undergrad degree if you KNOW you are going to grad school? Get into a strong grad school and I bet no one will care much about your undergrad degree.

    COSC (or any of the other Big Three) can get you into a great grad school as long you have take the pre-req's, have a good GRE and GPA.
     
  12. pugbelly

    pugbelly New Member


    Exactly. Whether you do your BA via distance or brick/mortar, I would suggest spending as little as possible. In the end, the school you attend just doesn't matter in 99.9% of the cases, it's the degree. Why go into debt and spend 3 or 4 times more than you have to???
     
  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Yes, that was exactly my approach. Charter Oak was the fastest, least expensive way to finish, and it was a state school so I knew no one would think twice about it. My goal was to be eligible to apply to the graduate program I actually wanted to do.

    -=Steve=-
     
  14. JoAnnP38

    JoAnnP38 Member

    While I do think its preferable not to go into debt for your education, if you are interested in having the best opportunities to learn one should always look for the best education that you can afford. Of course, this applies to people whose priorities are learning first then the credential. My take is that if you concentrate on learning the credential will come and you will be better off for it. Perhaps things are difference for the Computer Science field, but for CS, the things you learn are more useful than the credential.
     
  15. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    I, like Mr. Foerster, thought COSC was the best way to get a regionally accredited degree quickly and inexpensively.

    In my case, I completed the degree almost entirely by examination. I received little or no "education" from COSC. They simply allowed me to take many, many tests that validated pre-existing knowledge.

    Everyone's goals may be different. I was looking for an easy way to get into grad school. If I were looking for a bona fide undergraduate education, I'm certain I would have gone with a tradional school (either classroom based or DL).

    COSC is completely legitimate and fully accredited. WIth that said, calling COSC a "school" is a stretch. IIRC when I martriculated (5 years ago), COSC offered less than 20 total classes (all DL) that were spread across many disciplines.
     
  16. John DeCarlo

    John DeCarlo New Member

    Lots more now

    As all things do, Charter Oak has changed. They have gone from being purely an aggregator to offering enough DL courses to complete a bachelor's degree. This was noted in charter Oak's most recent accreditation visit where it was said that the school is meeting the challenges, as a result of its new role, nicely.
     
  17. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    Re: Lots more now

    I stand corrected :) I see people are now able to complete COSC's degree using only COSC courses but this is only the case with six concentrations.

    Is it common for colleges and universities to only offer a handful of majors ("concentrations" in COSC's case)?
     
  18. pugbelly

    pugbelly New Member

    Re: Re: Lots more now

    It depends on the size and scope of the college.

    Pug
     
  19. pugbelly

    pugbelly New Member

    Re: Re: Lots more now


    It depends on the size and scope of the college. It's very common for the major options to be limited for the online/distance programs. Even brick & mortar colleges/ universities frequently offer only a handful of majors via distance. At the BA level, Liberty University offers 8, Fort Hays State offers 10, University Orleans offers one 1, Clovis Community College offers 1, Granite State offers 8, etc.

    Pug
     
  20. jtaee1920

    jtaee1920 New Member

    Re: Re: Re: Lots more now

    COSC does not have a single classroom based course do their DL offerings represent all the courses that are available.

    My question was not limited to DL only..."Is it common for colleges and universities to only offer a handful of majors ("concentrations" in COSC's case)?"
     

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