Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by wmdude, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm looking into Grantham University. I wanted to get thoughts on it. I know it is DETC and not regionally accredited. The cost looks good and they supply books, software, etc. Is it a good place to attend, get a bachelor's degree? Any schools that will take their degree for Master's admission?

    Thank you...
  2. instant000

    instant000 Member


    You might be doing this backwards.

    Don't worry, I made the same mistake. I made that mistake due to ignorance, which I freely admit.

    If you're planning on getting a Masters degree, you might want to look up where you want to go for your Masters program first. Figure out what the prerequisites are for that program, and then work your way towards that.

    Questions I have:
    1 - What is the highest degree that you ever want to achieve?
    2 - What schools are you considering for that?
    3 - What do you need the degree for?
  3. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    1. I would be happy with a Master's degree, Doctorate would be great, but I don't see it in the near future, maybe later in life.
    2. I haven't sought out an exact program that I'd like to do once I get my bachelor's degree.
    3. For career advancement, self learning, etc.
  4. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    I'm really trying to find a program that isn't expensive and I could afford on my own, is accredited, and good quality. I want either a computer science or IT degree.
  5. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Have a look at World College. I have no affiliation with this school -- but I do know of people who have done well with these degrees -and yes, people have gone on to achieve Master's degrees afterwards. Like Grantham, it's also DETC-accredited, so...the usual caveats apply - not every school, etc. ...But the opportunity is definitely there, if you want it.

    Grantham is a fine school - and I'm not saying you shouldn't go there - but for Computer Science, IT - World College has a very good reputation - and I believe you may possibly find it less expensive. The school charges by the semester and the more you can learn in one semester -- the less your degree costs.

    Have a look. World College Distance Learning Bachelors Degrees Electronics You should probably look at maybe half-a-dozen others too, before your final decision.

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  6. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    Thank you Johann, I'll look into World College as well. Any other recommendations? I really appreciate the help!
  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

  8. Flagship_Fleet

    Flagship_Fleet New Member


    I would recommend WGU over Grantham because the regional accreditation will give you more broad options than a nationally accredited university. I got a Master's from there and I taught there for two years and I can tell you that you will get more out of your education from a school with more rigor. Most schools are very specific about requiring degrees from a regionally accredited university for graduate admissions.

    Good Luck!


    MA Management and leadership: Liberty U '11
    MBA: Grantham U '10
    BS Business Management: Liberty U '07
  9. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    WGU is a great choice.

    As far as DETC schools, also check out Aspen and American Sentinel as options given they have IT-related degree programs.
  10. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    A reminder that my survey of regionally-accredited schools, done in 2000, found that about 40% regularly accepted DETC degrees for admission to their graduate programs, about 40% rarely or never did, the rest in between. (I wish someone would update this research, to see if things have changed.)
  11. Petedude

    Petedude New Member

    Nothing formal, but I do notice something glancing over lists of LinkedIn participants who've attended DETC schools. . .

    The overriding tendency seems to be that most DETC alumni obtain their undergraduate at the DETC college, then their graduate at some RA school.

    This tells me a few things:
    1. DETC graduate degrees may not have that much utility;
    2. DETC undergrad programs are probably a good option;
    3. Probably more RA schools are willing to accept DETC undergrads than many posters on this forum would expect
  12. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    I looked at World College and Cleveland Institute of Electronics, both schools look enticing. The cost is fantastic. I just want to be sure that I won't be spending money and time to not be able to get into a graduate program.

    Thank you all for your help so far!
  13. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I realize John's study is out of date, but assuming that the same ratio still applies, that's still hundreds of regionally accredited graduate schools that will admit those who hold Bachelor's degrees from nationally accredited schools. And really, how many do there need to be before this supposed disadvantage of national accreditation is effectively overcome?
  14. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    May I suggest a hybrid-approach?
    - Get an Associate degree from World College / CIE. It's very in-expensive, and you can finish at your own pace (even in 6 months - if you can). Alternatively, look for a very in-expensive community college in your local area.
    - CLEP-out the general ed requirements
    - Transfer to one of the Big-3 and complete there.
  15. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    I have almost half a degree worth of credits from various schools/majors. I want to do this afford-ably and on my own schedule, accelerated if possible.
  16. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    How respected is CIE? Good Experiences? Their website is quite basic.
  17. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

    This could be a promising general idea, but remember that TESC and COSC don't grant transfer credit for credits from NA schools at all; Excelsior, IIRC, might accept up to 30 semester hours from an NA school on petition. There might be a fee attached. An NA graduate could challenge for credit by portfolio at a Big Three school, but this would probably be expensive and time-consuming.
  18. wmdude

    wmdude New Member

    Which school's then would take the credits?
  19. NMTTD

    NMTTD Member

  20. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    As a fan of Downton Abbey, I'm loving this school's name ;0

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