Consolidation Option

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by thomaskolter, Jul 24, 2006.

  1. thomaskolter

    thomaskolter New Member

    I was wondering is there an ACCREDITED school here in the US or abroad with a proper academically sound higher education institution where one can take courses learned on-line from credible schools and combine them to meet degree requirements- at least a large portion.

    Example by taking courses from Brigham Young, University of Wisconsin and maybe three other schools and combine them for a large portion of a degree or a full degree from ONE school.

    Was curious it might be a good option for me if I could do this for a degree in Humanities or General Studies but want to know if there is such a program out there somewhere- or some good way to do that.
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Yes. The best of these are the "Big Three" assessment colleges": Charter Oak State College in Connecticut, Excelsior College in New York, and Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey.

    Each has its proponents, but all three work similarly, in that they allow unlimited transfer credit, they have no limit of acceptance of credit by examination (CLEP, DSST, etc.), and they allow credit by prior learning assessment (aka portfolio evaluation).

    See for more information (don't let the name fool you, it really can't realistically be done in four weeks even if you're transferring in all 120 credits. :) )

  3. CoachTurner

    CoachTurner Member

    It seems to me that your idea is exactly what The Big Three exist to do. Not just "a large portion" of the degree requirements but nearly the entire degree requirement.

    In practice, most people who use this method have already completed large blocks of instruction at various colleges and simply need to consolidate that work. It would work equally well for someone who wanted do their coursework at a variety of institutions and keep it consolidated (and focused) as they work toward their degree.

    any of the the three can equally acomplish what you inquire of. The question then become, which is best suited to your individual needs. You'll find Excelsior the least expensive. Excelsior and TESC have majors with specific requirements. I hear that COSC has outstanding customer service and advisement.

    good luck to you -- check some of the threads on these schools on these boards and see if they aren't exactly what you're inquiring about. :)
  4. CoachTurner

    CoachTurner Member

    How true that statement is. It took nearly two months just to get a grade posted from an Exclesior Exam (434 - Composition w/essays) to my Excelsior College evaluation summary.

    I've found that it generally takes a full 6-weeks to get a transcript evaluated from the time I request the transcript to the posting of the changed evaluation summary.

    Nobody should go into this process thinking that it can be done in anything less than 6-8 weeks and probably closer to 4 months if you add in the completion evaluation.

    The BA-in-4-weeks concept though is very valid and the site is highly usable. Just make sure you allow yourself realistic timelines.

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