Hi! My name is Stephen Kilgore. I started university a few years ago at a regionally accredited, brick and mortar state school in my state. I had some family problems and had to withdraw in my senior year. Now, I'm getting back on track and I'm finishing a BSIT from CSU Global online. During the last few years while trying to find the time to go back to school, I've been working as an ESL instructor. I've really enjoyed teaching and find I'd like to combine my love of technology with my love of teaching. Therefore, I'm interested in eventually earning a PhD (or DIT) in IT management or cybersecurity, two fields that really interest me. I'd like to be an online instructor (or possibly even an instructor at a small regional school or community college, as I know the traditional ivory tower that is academia looks down on distance doctoral programs.) I'm fairly new to the world of online education, so I'm posting here with a few questions in hopes that someone can give me some useful information. 1. Are there any programs that have direct entry into a doctoral program from the bachelor's level? My main concern is the cost, and I'd like to eleminate some of the cost by going straight to doctoral studies, if at all possible. I think Walden has this option, but I want to make sure I'm not missing anything. 2. How much does the public impression of institutions change depending on the name of the institution? For instance, it goes without saying that attending an RA program is paramount. However, in the eyes of the hiring public, are all distance RA programs created equal? 3. A huge worry of mine is cost. As I said, I originally attended a brick and mortar institution on a partial scholarship, so my educational debt right now is high, but not anywhere near what it could be. I currently have around 30k in debt after my bachelor's program. From looking at the cost of distance doctoral programs, they seem quite high, weighing in at around 50K at minimum. Does the type of jobs one can find with an online doctoral degree provide for a somewhat liveable lifestyle with the ability to repay loans? 4. How easy is it to find faculty positions for online or small regional institutions for those with an online PhD? 5. If one cannot find such a position, will having an online PhD be beneficial in the private sector? I realize these are quite involved questions, so I'd like to thank everyone in advance for your time and aid.