Phoeinx or FMU?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by onlinecollege, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    Really? Would you like an exciting career as a Medical Assistant? ;)

  2. decimon

    decimon Well-Known Member

    Ain't that the truth.

    A large bank in Manhattan, some 30 years ago. Me and a co-worker share a room with the guys from not-the-largest-of-mainframe-company. One of their FEs walks in with an armful of inky check endorsers and tells me he's given up on finding that clean job in electronics. At that moment I knew the thing was hopeless.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly

    The Generals sat, and the lines on the map moved from side to side

    I did a few years of remote (phone based) technical support for NCR in the '90s. Perfect setup -- the customer got dirty. If he couldn't figure it out, we dispatched an FE to go get dirty. Went home clean every day. 'Nuff said. :)

  4. mdg1775

    mdg1775 New Member


    My advice would be to avoid FMU because as we all know...changes occur in life and although FMU is accepted in some of the business and industry in South Florida today, that could change tomorrow. UoPhx is accepted in many places and it gained popularity for being a school that provides degrees online; they had a massive advertising blitz over the past few years and you could hardly ride a bus, log onto the internet, read a newspaper, or even pick up a boarding pass for an airplane without seeing one of their advertisements. They are well-known, but you pay the price.

    there are many better options (in my opinion) out there for the money. I suggest...searching this forum,, and local schools that are RA that have online or distance learning options. I visited a campus of N-SE near Orlando earlier this year and they may be an option for you. No matter what you choose...YOU have to be happy with the choice and it has to work for you and your life/help you accomplish your goals.

    Good luck!
  5. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    OMG...I laughed so hard at this post I literally almost peed a little. ALMOST. Frankly, I've never considered wearing a tie the mark of a desireable job, and I'm a guy who has agonized over many a tie-buying decision.

    Unfortunately, this isn't the only school which has "lied" (stretched the truth?) about the BIG money you can make when you graduate. Remember those Sally Struther commericals? (Would you like to make more money? Sure, we all would, that's why you should study with this school which advertises on matchbook covers and bus stop signs.)

    I like the approach my vo-tech school took with its students. They showed you a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and said "you'll start off at less than that, if you're LUCKY!". Nope, no inflating of the salary range with these folks, although they did pretty much admit anybody to school, despite their "auditions" (broadcasting school).

    mdg1775 gave some pretty sage advice...FMU might be acceptable in parts of Florida NOW...but who is to say it will be next week? I don't even think their courses are evaluated by ACE.

    Nope, best to check into a school with a better rep than either UoP or FMU. If you're looking at a straight business degree, and you want to do it cheap and relatively fast, check out .
  6. Scott Henley

    Scott Henley New Member

    Stay away from UoP, even if they are RA. Their reputation is terrible.

    Just go to and search for "University of Pheonix"... you'll see...
  7. blahetka

    blahetka New Member

    You may want to type "University of Phoenix" in the search box....

    DISCLOSURE: I have my BS from UoPhx (I use that abbreviation to avoid confususion with UOP- University of the Pacific) and am one of the adjuncts.

    That said, there are a lot of choices available besides UoPhx. However, I would not classify them as a ripoff. They are not perfect, and I have had my share of differences with them. However, I can say that about ANY school- academic or professional- I've attended.

    I am NOT being an appologist. IMHO, a 'ripoff' is a school that talks you into believing any form of accreditation is unimportant, and when you graduate you discover learning an important lesson the hard way.
  8. Susanna

    Susanna New Member

    Well said! blahetka

    I graduated with a BSBIS from UoPhx and I can attest from my experience that they are not a ripoff. After all a "ripoff" is an act of stealing or cheating. is an expensive option for something that is available cheaper elsewhere but that should not be a big surprise to anyone. I don't think I've ever seen them advertise that they are the most cost efficient school out there. They provide you the tools you need to get an accredited degree; it is entirely possible to move on to bigger and better things with one of their degrees. In fact, as an alumna I receive updates of what graduates have achieved with their degrees and many have put them to impressive use.

    I've read a good portion of the complaints on and found some legitimate issues but equally as many that smelled of personal vendettas.

    Further, if you search for just "university" on over 370 entries are found with complaints about other accredited universities, i.e., AIU, Capella, Liberty University, University of Toronto, University of Missouri, several community colleges and others like Ashworth, Devry, ITT Tech., FMU, etc. etc. UoP holds about 10% of these complaints which, considering it is a highly visible online university, is not earth-shattering news.

    All I am saying, in a round-about sort of way is base your decision on balanced information.


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