Oregon State degree completion program 12 free credits

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Acolyte, Oct 27, 2022.

  1. Acolyte

    Acolyte Active Member

  2. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    This seems like a great option for those who can max their CLEP, AP, IB and other credits for transfer and take the minimum there.
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  3. Rachel83az

    Rachel83az Well-Known Member

    These are quarter credits, not semester credits. Assuming the standard 75% allowed transfer, you'll have 45 credits left. With 12 free, you still have to pay for 33 of them. That'd be just over $11k.

    If you can transfer in more than 75%, it could be a good deal. As it is, it looks terrible.
  4. SweetSecret

    SweetSecret Active Member

    Thanks for posting this! I have a friend that I think was attending there, so I sent her the link.
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  5. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    Good idea but 'Humanities' degree is already terrible for getting any job.
    an 'Applied Humanities' degree can be worse lol
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  6. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Ironic if true, since so many employers claim they want critical thinkers.
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  7. Acolyte

    Acolyte Active Member

    As someone who had no degree and then had a degree - in my experience, "no degree" is a lot worse for getting a job than having any degree. Degrees are FOUNDATIONS not LIMITATIONS. You have to learn how to talk about the value you bring to an organization in an interview - that's the gap. If you have a humanities degree and you want to go for a business position - read a book, read several, and talk about things you've learned from the book and how you would use what you learned in your Humanities degree program in the position - talk about how it taught you to synthesize information and compare data or concepts, cultural awareness, team building, or simply the ability to learn and contextualize methods and processes. Whatever it is - degrees shouldn't do the talking for you, they should give you the opportunity to present a business case as to why you would be an asset to an organization.
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  8. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    Take a look at Indeed or any other jobs board; for the positions that require a degree, the overwhelming majority just state “Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university”. The degree can be in Humanities, Psychology, or Ancient Babylonian Astrology, the thinking (I believe) is that the applicant had the discipline and motivation to complete a course of study.

    Of course there are exceptions for the hard sciences, engineering, etc., but a legitimately accredited degree (in anything) is a very valuable commodity in the job market.
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  9. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Sometimes I wonder whether the thinking at least partly includes "I had to do it, so you do too."
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  10. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator

    Yeah, that could be.

    My dad was a bank president (where did I go wrong?), he told me about hiring junior officers, “I can train someone for business, I just want someone who had the discipline and motivation to finish college”.
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  11. nomaduser

    nomaduser Active Member

    A friend of mine got a bachelor's degree in English.
    He had to work at a department store for years, and then as a dog walker.
    He spent over 12 years like that before finally getting a real job.

    He had to get another bachelor's in business administration.
  12. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    ...and that's the "magic cure?" Colour me dubious. This is probably 5% of the story -- as usual. Could there not have been other factors at play? How concerted was his job-seeking effort over those twelve (gasp!) years?
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  13. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I worked for a pretty big company for most of my working years. I saw plenty of people succeeding in work outside their degree field - great developers who had non-CS degrees, people with humanities degrees doing well in marketing and other departments ... What they appeared to have in common were the abilities to think, analyze, construct solutions and persevere. And, of course, work with others. I'm with Acolyte on this. But I'll allow that different approaches work for different people.

    It's not "same size fits all."
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2022
  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    And no amount of repetition will make it so.
  15. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Nonsense. Here's a lady I learned a little about, through my fashion studies. I'm learning more:

    Mona Zhang:
    Yale - B.A. in English Literature, 2012
    Subsequently - Successful experience in software engineering.

    Now - Her own company, math-intensive with revolutionary potential.
    Mona's Linked-In profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mona-zhang-58341b58

    I'm 100% serious, here. There's your degree - and your career. It's like fashion - 2 pieces of a dynamite combo do NOT have to match! :)
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2022
  16. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    My Bad! Mona Zhang did NOT earn her degree at Yale. She is a Princeton alumna. Get it right, Johann! :(
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2022

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