World Quant University

Discussion in 'Business and MBA degrees' started by Mac Juli, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    This thread is another example of a point I made the other day. It's not about egalitarianism, it's about having a basic level of respect for one another.

    Overall, most threads don't devolve to attacks (although this thread is not a good example since this one did). Whether a person has a bachelors or not, is asking about an unaccredited or questionable school, or attended and studied with a questionable school or an unaccredited school (which would therefore absolutely give you an unaccredited past, Sorry Johann, that is just a fact of a person's history which I myself happen to have), or has 4 Doctorates and 50 years of experience in the field of education, there is no reason to attack or be attacked over it or a mistake in accuracy made by someone addressing those credentials. I have never had the urge to attack someone over asking a question here, over their credentials, or over an inaccuracy but I've read more posts than I can remember now where those scenarios have played out.

    I would say to anyone that if they can't offer information or correct a person in these situations without an attack, and you find that okay, then you're just helping the problem. After all, correcting a person who you feel has attacked you without you attacking in kind is an option. That often disarms the attacker and diffuses the contagion of others mimicking that behavior.

    Can't we just discuss education without all of this being injected into it? We have had spirited debates over the years that have spilled out into pages and pages and pages worth of GREAT content without attacks. I see no reason why that can't be the norm in a group of very educated adults.
  2. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Perhaps we could settle arguments in the bygone traditional ways of fine German Universities - e.g. Heidelberg - DUELING SOCIETIES. :) We'd be all scars and eye-patches in no time. Pirates or scholars - take your pick. It can be a good look, if you work it right.
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  3. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Well-Known Member

    That's what I mean.
    He can be proud of his accomplishments. I recognise that he belongs to the intelligentsia.
    But I'm mid 20s and you are late 30s, it's normal that we don't have the experience that a man in his late 70s has.
    That's why it's called life. Because you need to live the experience first.
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  4. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    I am 40. If I have the seniority of Steve with 75, I'll be satisfied. His actual age is not my business anyway.
  5. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    Wasn't that one of the themes of Max Max III? To settle one's differences in the Thunderdome, before it can escalate to a greater conflict? I don't think I would recommend it here... :)
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  6. Steve Levicoff

    Steve Levicoff Well-Known Member

    One could easily find my age if one knew how to do simple research. Be that as it may, I'm hardly 75. I think that's more the range of Johann, but not me.

    Once upon a time in the good old days, we had a member named Uncle Janko. He came off as an elderly old curmudgeon. Unfortunately, he was killed in a tragic accident, and it turned out that he was only 50. One can create an image here that may or may not be true.

    There has recently been quite a bit of ageism here on DI, mostly on the part of the young. Ask me if I care. Better yet, don't.

    Now, kiddies, don't y'all think it's time to stop talking about me? I think some of you need to get a life.
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  7. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    One could possibly. If one cared. As quoted, it's not my business anyway.

    Sounds reasonable.
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  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Didn't anyone tell you, Mac? This IS the Thunderdome! :mad:
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  9. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Well-Known Member

    Not quite the same but I'm busy with my nanodegree in digital transformation from AKAD. Highly recommend. Awesome. And free.
    I love it. It helps me to fill the gaps in much needed skills like digital ones.
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  10. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    I considered doing a Nanodegree from Udacity in Data Analyst, required to get into WGU's Masters in Data Analytics. It was $1200 at the time (no matter how long you took to do it all), but now they've changed the fee schedule to something like $400 a month. Some of those Nanodegrees were in really niche topics like Self-Driving Cars, but seem to be promoted to students who don't have any background in the topics (compared to the more general nanodegrees in topics like C++ or Artificial Intelligence.)
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  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Uncle J. could be a true inspiration at times. He knew (I think) at least ten languages and was a fierce punster in all of them. He was at his most magnificent when he got his Carpathian wig on - I think he once claimed some ancestry from the region, but I'm not sure. He'd say something like "Multumesc foarte mult" (thanks very much) and it would sound like a dire Medieval curse. He knew how to be extremely funny - and very serious, often in the same post.

    Among other academic distinctions, Uncle J. earned a D.Th. from University of Zululand (S. Africa) in 2008. He also held a Master's in Classical Languages (from Loyola) and an M. Div. He was a Lutheran pastor by profession.
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  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    "Rescue angel"? Are you stoned or something? You can't be serious. Any long-term reader here would find this contention outrageously laughable.
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  13. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    What makes it a degree mill?
  14. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    The amount of time is irrelevant.

    "sight unseen" is inaccurate.
  15. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Take a look at how they start. Except for a few posters who are purposely abusive, most start when someone posts something that gets contradicted, then responds with a personal attack instead of either letting it go or responding civilly. The ad hominem becomes a replacement for a cogent argument or point.
  16. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Well-Known Member

    They got 75 percent discount these days. And they can be recommened every day. So, go for it!!! :)
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  17. Stanislav

    Stanislav Well-Known Member

    Both points are something Union critics can, or did, throw at Steve's degree. You know, the very thing he does to others.

    In reality, yeah, time means nothing by itself. Ludwig Wittgenstein was enrolled at Cambridge for, what? - a couple of weeks? - before they granted him a PhD and a job.
  18. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I'm not defending, nor even talking about, Steve. He can do that on his own.

    The time is irrelevant because the degrees are not earned for time served. They're earned for learner accomplishment. The minimum time-in-program has evolved over the years. It was first 1 year, then 2 (when I was enrolled) and, currently, 3. But those have all been in response to state regulators and/or accrediting agencies; they were not based in program requirements.

    When I was in the program, it was extremely rare for a learner to finish in the minimum time. The median time was closer to 5 years. Having a feeling for the distribution, the mean was likely higher than that.
  19. Michigan68

    Michigan68 Active Member

    WorldQuant is now DEAC accredited !
  20. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Woah, that's great! Time to apply! haha...

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