I am new here so please don't flame me for stupid questions. By circumstances I was forced to drop out of a state university in my third semester. That was 25 years ago. I spent my first 8 working years as a chemical salesman which evolved into environmental consulting. I have spent the last 17 years as a private investigator and security consultant. I am a voracious reader and I have read over 2,000 books ranging from Art, Cosmology, History and Zoology. I now wish to get a degree. I feel I am qualified for a Bachelor Degree in General Studies or an Assciate Degree in Criminal Justice or Security Science. My questions are: 1) Are there any accredited schools that will issue credit hours based on life experience? 2) Are there any non-accredited schools that will not be an embarrassment on a resume if I were to get a Degree from them? I will need to do distance learning and cost is a consideration. I have contacted several non-traditional and non-accredited schools. Some just wanted me to send money for a degree and some required some study. An example is Columbus University which would grant me thirty hours for life experience and then require I complete thirty hours of distance learning for an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice Management. The required courses were 6 hours in Business Administration and 24 hours in Criminal Justice studies. This school is Accredited by the WAUC. I will use any degree to enhance my career including appying for government jobs. (local, county, or state but not the federal government) I thank everyone in advance for any help or suggestions.