University of the Cumberlands Online PhD in Information Technology

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by Marcus Aurelius, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. ITJD

    ITJD Member

    Alas, I don't. You see, there's this thing called the Internet, and another called personal networking. I'm fortunate enough to have enough access to the first and extensive access to academia via the second. Needing to spend money actually going somewhere is a distant third on my "need to do" list.

    Now for students touring colleges for the first time or folks that perhaps don't have those kinds of resources, you're spot on.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Ooo. Good point by you.
  3. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    This is a bit off-topic but I'm tacking it on here just because I don't think most people think much about national defense when they think of Big Tech firms like Google and Amazon.
  4. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    And what's wrong with that?!
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  5. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    Simple: It totally negates the notion of having gone to school there . . .

    "So, where did you go for your doctorate?"

    "I went to Liberty University."

    "Cool! Did you like their campus?"

    "Um, I don't know . . . I was never there."

    "Uh, right. Okay . . ."

    It's a neon lights ad for saying that you did your degree online. And that you never even met any of your faculty, fellow students, or anyone else that was "at" your school. It means that you never even had the pleasure of going to the bookstore and buying a t-shirt or sweat shirt from your school.

    When people have asked me where I went to college, I have honestly been able to tell them, "I went to Thomas Edison." Because I actually did. When I had a meeting with my various advisors - program advisor, portfolio advisors (I had two of them), T&A (testing and assessment) advisor, I actually went to TESC and met with them in person.

    Now, perhaps today's millennial generation takes pride at never having had to show up to a university from which they earned a degree. But there are still scads of people who ask questions like, "Uh, will my degree say online?" Or, "How to I defend having earned my degree online?" "Or, will an employer hold it against me that I earned an online degree?" And we still see even the online defenders voicing the opinion that it's better to earn an online degree from a brick-and-mortar university than from a strictly online so-called university. (An opinion with which I would agree, incidentally.)

    So, Chris, I see that you earned your MBA at Assam Don Bosco University. An excellent school, from what I hear - certainly one with a solid pedigree.

    So tell me, how did you like India? :D
  6. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Active Member

    I currently teach both content areas of my master's degrees at a prestigious college preparatory high school. I also tutor criminal justice based on having an M.S. in CJ. Neither of these employers asked whether I earned my degrees on campus or online. I recently interviewed for an assistant professor position at a top 150 ranked university. No one on the five-member committee asked if I earned my degrees online or whether I was earning my Ph.D. online. I've held other positions including law enforcement, state juvenile justice, and two higher education positions. None of them asked where I earned my degrees, all they wanted was my official transcripts, and in the case of my MBA, my official evaluation from ECE.

    Btw, you can buy sweatshirts online. I bought all my Lamar and Liberty gear online. I have been on Lamar's campus when I graduated with my M.S. I have also been to GA to graduate from Ashworth and will definitely walk across the stage in Lynchburg with my Ph.D. I may or may not visit before that time. I may never visit India - big deal!
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  7. ITJD

    ITJD Member

    Good post Steve -

    I think that it's important for every student to have a general plan of what they're wanting to do educationally such that they offset any questionable qualifications with proof that they can sit a brick and mortar program and do well. There also needs to be some mind to making sure that the last school you attend is the best one in terms of reputation

    In my case, I've gone to good schools and sat there. (Northeastern, UMass Amherst) and online only schools (WGU). The question of whether or not I can hang academically isn't there as I've posted 3.8 GPA and such at the seat schools. However, as I age the online model is preferable and I really don't want to spend time on campus unless I win the academic lottery and get in to an Ivy program, which won't happen.
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    You said that almost like you're serious. T-shirts at the bookstore? Really?
  9. ITJD

    ITJD Member

    Well, as someone that's been to India, I'd recommend going if you ever decide to travel. Back in the 90s and early 00s it was my first voyage to something that wasn't "West" and even though I experienced a traffic jam caused by an overloaded cart (bad if your engine is a working animal that's now 4 feet in the air..) and had to make sure that all the water I drank was bottled (and the caps not opened and resealed); the people themselves were warm and the country beautiful.

    If I can find the picture I took of the cart, I'll see if Kizmet will let me post it.
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  10. ITJD

    ITJD Member

    While I have no real evidence to support this as there are many factors leading to the death of my college attire, all of the stuff I've bought from school stores on campus has survived. The stuff I've purchased from online stores has passed on to textile heaven. I feel like the stuff at the stores may be higher quality.

    The latest test of this theory will be the University of the Cumberlands t-shirt that showed up at my house unexpectedly as part of their welcome process. We'll see how it holds up.
  11. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Sure, be my guest.
  12. Frank Smith

    Frank Smith New Member

    I'm sorry if I missed it in the thread, but if anybody has gone though the comprehensive exam, could we have a little description of what it's like? I've worked hard and absorbed everything I could from my first two courses, but I don't know if that necessarily is preparing me for the exam. Is there a specific way we should be approaching the courses?

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