Hello everyone. I am new to this website, but am very happy to have found it. I am hoping I can get some input regarding choosing a grad school. Here is my story and questions. I have a BA in Human Resources and Psychology. I have over 12 years of exempt level HR experience, some of which has been in training and development. I am currently a stay at home mom (also running a small, part time HR consulting biz) and plan to do so until my daughter (now 2 1/2) goes to school full-time. I do not plan on returning to HR because I'd like to have more flexibility with my schedule once my daughter goes to school. So.... I am going to try to "break into" teaching on an adjuct, part-time basis (community college or university level- hopefully online). I know the money isn't necessarily fabulous, but it could allow me great flexibility with our family goals, bring in some extra money, and do something I enjoy. I would like to try to teach HR, management, and general business classes since these are my areas of expertise, so to speak, and I hopefully have what is considered to be "teaching" experience, sort of, with my training stuff. Of course, I have discovered that getting into adjunct teaching requires a Masters in most cases. But because I will (hopefully!) be using my Masters to secure adjunct work, I feel it is pretty important to be selective in my grad school choice (as much as I can be based on financial and other limitations). I know in the world of academia folks can be pretty picky. (If I was simply getting an MBA to advance my HR career, it wouldn't be as critical probably as most employers don't put as much emphasis on where the MBA came from.) So I am looking at only regionally accredited schools (already learned about the limitations of DETC schools) and want an MBA with an HR emphasis, 100% online, no GRE requirement, decently priced, etc. Based on all of this, I have narrowed down my choices as follows and noted the pros and cons based on how I see them. (BTW, they are very close in price.) Baker College pros: well thought of school (I believe); completed in 18 months; appears to be well rounded program cons: very fast paced (6 week long classes); lots of Blackboard time with daily requirements; concerned about stress level with these requirements (can you say "two year old?") Northcentral University pros: self-paced program (can finish courses sooner than 16 weeks allowed, if desired, and begin another class); appears to be well rounded program; less stress: no Blackboard requirements, self-paced cons: Take longer to complete program. NCU just recently accredited. Their affiliation with SCUPS. (I have already read the threads here and elsewhere.) NCU offered the following when I was very honest about my concerns when I spoke to them today: *They are two distinct and separate schools *They don't even accept transfer credits from SCUPS students because SCUPS isn't regionally accredited. *They had to address similar concerns from the regional accreditor that accredited them about their affiliation with SCUPS including proving they are totally separate entities: separate finances, instructors, board, etc. They were simply started by the same person. (They obviously addressed the concerns effectively because they received their accreditation in a pretty short time frame, which is somewhat unusual from what I've heard/read.) *When I told them that the main reason I wanted an MBA is so I can "break into" adjunct teaching and I am concerned if I'll have a problem with having an MBA from them (e.g. their reputation being an issue for me down the road), they offered that several of UofPhx's instructors are currently doing their PhD with them. They also directed me to a list on their website that has the names of students I could contact as references. I also emailed the folks who publish the Bears' guides and a gentleman at Degree Finders. Both wrote back indicating they would have no problem recommending NCU now that they are RA. One even went to so far as to state that the owner goes to a great effort to keep the two entites quite separate and so should everyone else. Based on the self-paced aspect, I am leaning more towards NCU. However, I don't want to wind up with an MBA that impedes me from securing adjuct work even though it is RA. I wonder if NCU is viewed in the same light as SCUPS in the majority of academia and will it manifest when I try to secure work? Or as time goes by (since NCU was just recently accredited), will NCU come into their own without any issues? I welcome all thoughts and if anyone has opinions on how NCU might affect how my credentials are viewed later by prospective academic employers, I'd love to hear about it. Also if anyone has any comments on the intesity of Baker's Blackboard and 6 week classes, I'd love to hear about that too. Maybe it's not as crazy as I think it will be. Maybe it would be worth it in the end. Is Baker highly thought of? TIA very much. Sorry this is SOOOO long!