Can someone be refused admission in a Distance education system?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by vinodgopal, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. vinodgopal

    vinodgopal New Member

    My cousin's son got lymphoma and was admitted in the hospital for a few chemo therapy sessions. His college removed him off roles as they have certain conditions for a candidate wrt his health.

    He is upset and frustrated that the college did not show some lenience.

    Ofcourse he was studying in one of the best engineering colleges in India and they maintain standards. Would a Distance education engineering degree require candidates to be on top of their health as compared to on campus colleges?
  2. rebel100

    rebel100 New Member

    I can't really see a US College discriminating in such a way. The ADA would be all over them for such an act.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I don't think so, I don't even remember that they asked my about my health when applying for schools via distance learning. There are lot of anti-discrimination and privacy laws in the United Sates. However, I am not sure about schools in India.
  4. Julie1014

    Julie1014 New Member

    I have Crohn's disease, and was never asked the status of my health on any distance education application.
  5. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    My guess is that there is no one on this board sufficiently versed in the laws of India to give you a really solid answer. I'm sorry about your cousin's situation.
  6. NMTTD

    NMTTD Active Member

    While I cannot speak to the specific laws in India, I can tell you that I was never asked about my health. Nor was my husband, who is disabled. I myself have lupus, and no one even thought to ask. So I think he might do well to do his program here in the US via distance learning. To many laws here to allow that kind of discrimination to happen.
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    Looking back over this thread it seems clear that I misunderstood the situation. With that in mind I would say that I've never heard of a situation where a person was denied admission based upon a health issue and I'd guess that they would be forbidden from doing so.
  8. japhy4529

    japhy4529 House Bassist

    While you did not specifically ask for recommendations on distance learning engineering degrees, if your cousin is exploring other options (outside of India), this might be a viable option:

    Online & Distance Education
  9. StefanM

    StefanM New Member

    In the US, you can only deny admission when the health issue prevents completion of the requirements. For instance, a person can be denied entrance into medical school if the person lacks the ability to perform the essential functions of the medical profession.
  10. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It's still unclear to me whether this student was dismissed just because he was ill or because his illness prevented him from being to complete his academic work.
  11. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    The only regionally accredited distance engineering bachelor degrees I know of in the USA are those offered by UND:
    Online & Distance Education
    Regionally accredited means that these degrees are recognized by just about any employer in the USA and most likely world wide. However I do not know how they administer laboratory courses - you would have to check with them.

    Regionally accredited Engineering Technology degrees are offered by Excelsior College:
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    You may be able to obtain credit for any courses passed in India.
  12. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    The UND distance engineering programs require a student to show up for on-campus lab work at intervals. That would mean a number of expensive trips for someone overseas. From the site:

    "To complete your engineering degree, you will take semester-based, online courses with brief on-campus labs held during the summer."

    Also, the course - which is ABET-accredited and consequently held in high regard, is expensive, even in American terms, -- and probably outside the means of any except the most well-to-do, in India. $885.42 per credit, incl. distance & other fees.

    135 credits - $119,531! That's 6,455,860 Rupees! :shock:

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  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I hasten to add (because the 10 minutes are up) :smile: that the above tuition amount would likely represent 9 to 10 years' earnings for an Indian doing quite well in his/her country's large middle class, which is now nearing 200,000,000 people.

    I think it's safe to say that it's cost-prohibitive for all but the most wealthy in India. Unfortunately, I'm unaware of any other ABET-accredited distance degree in engineering in the U.S. Engineering technician/technologist by distance --yes, perhaps, although one probably has to show up for labs. Engineer -- no, except for UND, as far as I know.

    I'd really like it if someone were to prove me wrong, though....


    BTW - here's the Excelsior page I checked one of the Engineering Tech. programs. It requires 7 labs of which 5 can be virtual and two must be face-to-face.
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