The Big Three and changes

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by tcnixon, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. tcnixon

    tcnixon Active Member

    I readily admit that I live the online high school thing much more these days and don't follow colleges as much. Also and importantly, I noticed that TESC had a recent change with regard to GRE scores and acceptance. This tells me I have probably missed other changes as well.

    So, my question is: At this point, which of the big three allows for the most units that can be earned through testing?

    I have a family friend that is not doing well in a traditional college setting, but whose SAT scores are likely in the top 5% in the nation. Very bright. Clearly tests well. This seems his best option.


    Tom Nixon
  2. Abner

    Abner Well-Known Member

    Hey Tom! Long time no hear!

    My guess would be TESC, but you are the Sensei in this area!

    Abner :)

    P.S. what is the quickest cheapest accredited way someone can get a HS diploma on line or via correspondence? We are talking maybe immigrants from Mexico, or other countries.
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  3. Maniac Craniac

    Maniac Craniac Moderator Staff Member

    AFAIK, they are still pretty much equal in this regard. Excelsior no longer accepts GRE for credit, but COSC still does and I don't believe that TESC ever did.

    Each of these schools now require a 3-credit capstone course, and Excelsior also requires a 1-credit Information Literacy course. Other than those requirements, if you can find the exams to work with your degree, there is still no limit to how many they will accept.
  4. muaranah

    muaranah New Member

    I think COSC requires info literacy as well (you can take this course for less at LSU), and, AFAIK, except for Business majors, no capstone course is required at TESC.
  5. tcnixon

    tcnixon Active Member

    It sounds like things are rather close to what they were when last I looked. There are too many variables to make an outright choice for most folks. I figured as much, but it was worth the asking.

  6. tcnixon

    tcnixon Active Member

    I didn't want to hijack this thread with responding to this question, but here I go. There are so many, many variables that's hard to know. If a person was in California and reasonably fluent in English, I would probably recommend the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE). California law requires that the results be treated the same as a high school diploma.

    That being said, then you get into issues with regard to facility in English, the age of the student, and the like. Also and importantly, cheap and fast don't necessarily go hand in hand with regard to online high schools.

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