From Capella and Rider to Temple to Duke and to Brown

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by JoshD, Sep 22, 2022.

  1. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    I know that not every path is the same but I thought this individuals educational experience was an interesting one and one that shows going to Capella, University of Phoenix, Walden, etc. does not have to keep you out of elite institutions.

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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    That is opposite of me. From Troy to SMU, Georgetown, Imperial, and Cumberlands.
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  3. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Wow, talk about ascending.
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  4. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    I'm making no judgment on whether someone can jump from Capella to Brown, but I think this example doesn't help the case at all. This is a very indirect path, and the person earned a doctorate before earning master's degrees at Duke and Brown. Their journey looks inefficient and costly. I'd also like to know why this person earned three business-related degrees and suddenly decided to study public health.
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  5. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Why not?
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  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Small detail - but could be a killer --- somewhere, maybe. Spelling error in this person's society, during study at Temple.
    Should be "Beta Gamma Sigma" not "Beta Gama Sigma" - not criticizing - stuff happens. Just saying, so it can be fixed.

    I admire the person's school record. Outshines mine by a Very wide margin. And people DO change career directions. It's frequent enough on DI. We answer education questions from people related to this all the time. It doesn't faze us... does it?
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  7. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    Let's be honest, this type of situation is rare.

    1 - bachelor's in IT
    1 - master's in business
    1 - doctorate in business
    1 - master's in a quantitative business field
    1 - public health master's (pending)

    I have umpteen million degrees, but that's only because testing out of courses at TESU was cheap and fast.
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  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Public health means large expenditures. Good to have people there who understand business - particularly quantitative issues. They understand money - and how best to use it and get good value. And some people prefer "cheap and fast" and like to use those factors to their advantage. I have no problem with that. Others take a different view. And that's OK in my book too.

    You don't have to explain having a lot of degrees - at least not to me. If you had, perhaps, 20 degrees - and 18 were Associates, from the same school -- then maybe. But you don't. :)
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  9. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    I don't know..

    A person I know graduated from Temple University's Computer Science Bachelor program. He got a job at Microsoft as a software engineer.
    Now he doesn't need any more degrees.

    That's still much better than having to get lots of degrees.

    If you can, get into one of the top 130 universities in US. Get a bachelor in IT. Get hired by Microsoft, Facebook, Google.. and never bother with universities again.
    You just need one degree to make everything happen. You don't need several degrees...
  10. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Another one-track post. This only works - at all - if you really want to work in IT. Not everyone does. There ARE other ways to spend one's life.
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  11. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    And not everyone can work at a major company like that, even if you do want to work in the IT field. For each job posting, there are thousands of applicants. It's worse than trying to get into a prestigious university.
  12. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    That's not the point. If one has to progressively move up to more prestigious schools to have access to good job opportunities, that doesn't make a good case for starting at a school like Capella. The occupational field is irrelevant.
  13. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    That's not the point either. The point of the original thread post wasn't to make a case for starting at a school like Capella, it was making the case that starting at a school like Capella doesn't mean it's impossible to get into more prestigious schools later.
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  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    It was, however, MY point. I was a bit tired of hearing (outside the IT forum) that "IT is the only worthwhile college program - get an IT degree, get a job with a FAANG co. and you've got it made." It's a thing with some people on DI and I reacted. And no, I won't apologize. To anyone. Not even if I wake up tomorrow and find Hell has frozen over.

    Thank you.
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  15. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Well-Known Member

    Very impressive! I love to see that you have gone to some prestigious schools.
    I on the other hand have gone to normal or small schools. I got the following degrees:

    Doctor of Healthcare Administration - Virginia University of Lynchburg
    Masters in Business Administration - Hellenic American University
    Masters of Public Administration - Excelsior College
    Masters of Arts in Urban Affairs - Queens College
    Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice - John Jay College
    Bachelors of Science in Police Science (Double minor in Law and Security Management) - John Jay College

    Currently working on my Doctor of Health Science over at Eastern Virginia Medical School (let's see if I stay with this program or transfer to Liberty DPA/DBA)
  16. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    Again, ROI is not solely monetary. I did not need to pursue my 2nd masters but I did so for self gratification.

    This is definitely not me. Would be kind of cool to get another degree from a prestigious university but my education stops once I finish my degree with Duke. :)
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  17. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    Careful you don't get reported for being sexist haha :D
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  18. datby98

    datby98 Active Member

    I am just speculating, maybe this person is switching his/her career path. With the money earned previously, he/she now could afford Brown's MPH. Honestly, I have a broad interest too, but burning my money is an issue. Otherwise, if I was a millionaire, I would apply for Yale's MPH.
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  19. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Come on, no one was going there.
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  20. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    You're right. I don't want this to turn into a situation where the thread gets closed.
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