Knoxville College's Free Associate Degree

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by TEKMAN, Aug 3, 2021.


    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Interesting enough Knoxville College is back to life providing free Associate degrees online. Has it earned the accreditation back?

    "All classes will be ONLINE. Take advantage of TUITION-FREE Associate Degree programs TODAY! These programs require you to pay for books only! Hurry! For more information, contact us at [email protected]."
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  2. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

  3. asianphd

    asianphd Active Member

    To enter the Associate’s of Arts degree program, you must:
    1. Have earned an acceptable high school diploma or GED equivalent.
    2. Be at least 16 years of age at the time of application.
    3. Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or hold an approved, valid visa if residing in the United States.
    4. Complete all required forms for admission, submit official test scores and official high school or college transcripts.
    I don't think it is available for International students.
  4. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    man... I wish I could get these deals when I was back in college.
    Things just get better each decade.
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  5. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It's funny how we few, we happy few, understand this, and yet most people would say that things are getting worse and worse.
  6. Vonnegut

    Vonnegut Well-Known Member

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  7. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    In the movie The Adjustment Bureau the main character finds out that he lacks free will - that he's nudged at critical moments to stay onto a plan by behind-the-scenes case officers who have been called angels. When he discovers them at work and they kidnap him, he talks with one of the senior officers. He protests that he makes decisions all the time, and the man replies "You have free will over which toothpaste you use, or which beverage to order at lunch - but humanity just isn't mature enough to handle the important things."

    (It's a great clip, actually: )

    Anyway, I digress. I thought of this because lots of things are better. University is much easier to access and lots of inexpensive options exist now. Consumer goods are cheap. Crime is at historic lows. Racial, disability, LGBT, women's rights have all advanced. But at the same time, other things are a lot worse: Climate change is accelerating. Income inequality is at its worst since the country's founding. Healthcare is increasingly unaffordable and a traditional retirement seems out of reach for many of the Baby Boomers, much less the generations that come after.

    So I don't fault anyone for looking at the average student debt and getting stressed out, even if there are ways to avoid the $30K+ in debt, since apparently most kids aren't making there way to those alternatives.
  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Oh, I agree that the metric of "total student loan debt" is important, and all too large. That's why I'd kill Title IV, which creates an artificial ocean of money that tuition rates rise to soak up. Without it, the sorts of programs we celebrate here as "finds" would be commonplace, not exceptional. It would get guys like Carl Barney out of the industry too, and I doubt anyone would be sorry to see them go.

    As for the rest, I was really just talking about options for low cost higher education in the States. I agree in other areas we have significant challenges.
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  9. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    What a waste international students aren’t allow. I seriously won’t mind an extra associate degree
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  10. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Same here. Wanna set up a petition?! :)
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  11. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    Yes let’s do a petition
  12. asianphd

    asianphd Active Member

    But in their catalog, it is written that they accept international students. So one better ask them if they accept international students for the free credits program.
  13. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    I tried but the form needs you to select a union membership before you can submit
  14. jackrussell

    jackrussell Member

    I just signed up will update you
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  15. Vicki

    Vicki Active Member

    My question is…. If it’s not actually accredited, can those credits be transferred anywhere??????
  16. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    That's probably the most important question, and the answer is: No.
  17. Vicki

    Vicki Active Member

    that is what I was thinking…. So… is an unaccredited Associates worth anything other than personal development? If you don’t have a degree, this seems like it won’t help much.
  18. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    Almost certainly not but you might be able to find some schools that would accept their credits or at least their degree anyway.

    But if you are a US resident who is 20 years of age or older, your best option would be to get a BOG Associate from Pierpont. That one is RA and can be had for just a few hundred dollars.
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  19. Vicki

    Vicki Active Member

    I am thinking that they are not actually even an applicant. I went to the TRACS website just to see what I can see about them. They are not listed as an applicant. So I went back to the article and it says they have their application “ready to go”. So, it makes me wonder if they have even applied yet……….
  20. sanantone

    sanantone Well-Known Member

    This article is from January, and they still haven't applied. That's concerning.

    TRACS seems to be the go-to accreditor for colleges that have lost RA because of financial problems. I'm wondering if this is what happened with Virginia University of Lynchburg. It's strange for a traditional school to be that old and not have regional accreditation. TRACS has only been around since 1979.
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