Several members have mentioned the idea that there might be a specific degree offered by a DETC school that can't be found through DL in an RA school. To me, that's the most (only) compelling reason for choosing a DETC school. As for Learner, I'm sorry that you've had some negative experiences with RA schools. We all get frustrated with bureaucracies. But can you name a single DETC school that offers the services you listed 100% of the time? Perfection is elusive Learner and I think you're creating a myth that is based on nothing more than wishful thinking.