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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by The_Blacksmythe, Jan 13, 2012.

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  1. The_Blacksmythe

    The_Blacksmythe New Member

    Hi, I'm interested in distance learning. I must say Im skeptical but I don't have the time in my schedule to sit and travel back and forth to a class room. I'm thinking about penn Foster. IDk still researching it. Thats how I got here and registered.

    So uh hello see you around the forums.
  2. Steve King

    Steve King Member

    Welcome to DegreeInfo. You've come to the right place to learn about the myriad of options for distance learning (DL). Before I enrolled in my first DL college course, I spent a lot of time on this discussion board learning about accreditation and other students' experiences with the schools I was considering. DegreeInfo is a great resource.

    Welcome aboard!
  3. Steve King

    Steve King Member

    You mentioned Penn Foster College, which is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). National accreditation (NA) from DETC, ACICS, etc. is legitimate and recognized, but degrees from schools with NA have historically not been as widely accepted as regionally accredited (RA) degrees. The six regional accreditors are still the "gold standard" for US accreditation. NA may be fine for many purposes, but you might want to search the forum here on DegreeInfo to understand the potential limitations to NA versus RA before making your decision.

    Some friends of mine are career/paid firefighters who are required to earn a certain number of college credits in order to be promoted at work. Captains must have 60 semester credit hours and Battalion Chiefs must have an accredited bachelor's degree. Since most of them work 24-hour, rotating shifts, distance learning (DL) is their best option. Several of them took classes at Columbia Southern University, which is accredited by DETC. Unfortunately, the fire department's policy specified that employees' college credits must come from a school that is RA. Most employees, including the senior officers of the fire department who signed the policy, didn't understand the difference between RA and NA. The department is now considering changing the policy to allow both NA and RA accredited degrees; but this is an example of the kinds of little things that can arise with NA degrees.

    I've looked at a few DETC accredited schools with considerable interest, but so far I've only attended RA schools. This may change if I can't get tuition reimbursement in the future. In that case, cost will be more important than it has been and I will gladly consider some of my personal favorites, like William Howard Taft University. You can see DETC's, albeit biased, perspective on the value of NA at their website, Distance Education and Training Council: The Global Leader in Distance Learning Accreditation). If it turns out that DETC accreditation meets your needs then you can search the DETC website for other DETC accredited programs in order to compare more schools that offer degree programs of interest to you.

    I also suggest searching the DegreeInfo forum posts for "Penn Foster College," along with any other schools you're considering, to read about other students' experiences. Best of luck!
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    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

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