I've been checking out this message board for a few weeks now and some of you seem extremely biased towards DETC. If DETC and "the big 6" have all been "blessed" by the same entity, I don't think one should be thought of or regarded as a less "quality" degree than the other (doesn't make much sense to me). You measure each school's success by the success of its students and I know a few people who have graduated from Yale who have a hard time telling you what time of day it is (honestly). It seems like some of you derive great pleasure in beating up DETC schools. I have been doing research for a few months now because I know that I need to go to school. I have been doing telecommunications now for 12 years and am considered an expert in my field. I have always had a passion for education but because of different issues; finances, military duties, being a single parent, it has been extremely hard to further myself. I need a school that is going to take into consideration all of my experience (I've taught classes in my field). Most of what I've learned in my field, I learned by reading (on my own) or through hands-on experience. I need to work at my pace (which happens to be accelerated). I enjoy learning and I don't want to go bankrupt while trying to further my education. Even though DETC schools aren't given much credit here, they are awfully accomodating. DETC schools are affordable, many of them utilize the independent study method, and lastly many of them take into account your experiential learning. I think all of that is fantastic so I don't understand why their schools are shown the disdain that they are shown. It's almost hypocritical for the educational community to regard their degrees as subpar or substandard (when they all got their authority from the same entity <DOE>). If I am totally in error, I want to know. If there is a RA school out there that I'm not aware of that can meet the needs that I've stated in the post, I would appreciate it immensely if someone could point me in their direction. I get a kick out of many of the posts that I read here and I can't help but wonder whether or not some of you are on the RA school's payrolls.