Seeking guidance on selecting between the big 3

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Ross, Aug 31, 2020.

  1. Ross

    Ross New Member

    I am looking for some guidance on which of the big 3 would be the best fit for me. I am returning to school with the sole intent of getting an accredited piece of paper for my resume. I have 20+ years of experience in IT and business management but have reached a point in my career where the roles I'm applying for are out of my reach because companies I'm applying to requiring a degree. I have a few college credits (3-4 courses) from right after I graduated high school and have my PMP certification as well as some out of date IT certifications (Microsoft MCSE and CISSP) although I'm guessing these won't count for much now.

    With my background and goals, is anyone able to provide some guidance on which of the big 3 would be a good fit?

    Thanks in advance for any assistance.
  2. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    You have some college credits, as well as the PMP. I would suggest you go with Charter Oak, because COSC gives 9 UL credits for the PMP, good for Project Management specialization in their BSBA program. My friend, who is also a PMP, just had her (virtual) commencement last week.
  3. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I'd add that Charter Oak's Information Systems concentration is pretty easy for an experienced IT person to complete -- I did it fifteen years ago and my eldest son is doing it now; he's on his last course.

    But the truth is that all three of them are fine, and it might be worthwhile for you to go ahead and apply to all three and see whether any gives you a significantly better deal in terms of transfer credit than the others do.
  4. bceagles

    bceagles Member

    Do you need an IT related degree, or will any degree do (as long as it’s RA)?

    The reason I chose Excelsior College(EC) so many moons ago, was because I simply wanted an RA undergraduate degree. Any RA undergraduate degree was all I needed, to simply “check the box”. At the time, EC’s Bachelor of Science in Liberal Art (BSLA) was the right fit for me. It allowed me the most flexibility for the approach I was taking. I was able to use CLEPs and DSST for the majority of my credits requirements.

    There are small differences amongst the big 3, at the time EC was the best option (IMO) for someone looking to cram for as many Test into a degree as possible.

    Best of luck!

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