Hey, Yesterday, I decided to call Fort Hays State University and inquire about their "Distance Program" that leads to a Bachelor's of General Studies. When they asked me what concentration I would likely try to earn I was shocked that, for some reason, they kept trying to push the Bachelor of Arts -- or Bachelor of Science degree on me. They woman I talked to ALMOST said that the Bachelor of General Studies wasn't REAL. She then went against her own words and said, "it's just not like a B.A. or a B.S." To me, these remarks sounded like B.S. As I have previously said, the main goal is to become an educator (which can now be -- in the two states I would want to teach in, at least, started provisionally as you earn certification -- with an undergraduate degree). One institution I talked to (about later earning certification) actually pushed the Liberal Studies / General Studies options -- and encouraged me to take "Introduction to Education, Human Growth and Development, and Introduction to Special Education" as part of my electives -- as well as other education courses that might fit into that. She also said, though, that those nine would be very helpful (and that it was likely I wouldn't necessarily be able to fit a whole lot of education courses into a Liberal/General Studies degree -- because education wasn't typically considered part of liberal studies). BUT, THEY ENCOURAGED THIS DEGREE!!! This might have actually steered me in the direction of Charter Oak State College, because I would rather work with somebody who is encouraging the degree I am trying to earn -- rather than steer me in an opposite direction. Plus, when I talked to Charter Oak, they seemed very interested in my educational goals. Also, when I asked about CLEP exams (which I have never tried -- I'm a terrible test taker) or portfolio credit, the woman at FHSU was at a loss of words. She had never heard of either forms of credit! Which leads me to another question........ how difficult (at COSC) will earning portfolio credit be? TESC is out of the question for me (It's rather expensive and I'm debt for an AIU Online Associate's degree -- so I'm wanting to pay out of pocket). Could Excelsior be an option? It seems as if when I looked, the tuition prices were higher at Excelsior than at Charter Oak. I hope these discussions of mine aren't getting under the skin of anybody out there...... I'm just looking for opinions and sometimes, it seems, venting out.