University of Phoenix - Scamminess = ???
January 11, 2010 9:20 AM Subscribe
Is there anything like University of Phoenix, except not a "scam" or a "diploma mill"?
posted by joshrholloway to Education (34 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'd really love to get a degree in computer science (specifically programming/software development) at some point. However, I feel like I would be wasting my time with most traditional university programs for three reasons:
1) My schedule and location really do not permit me to get into a highly structured, scheduled classroom environment, but I have a lot of random free time I could use to take online courses.
2) I cannot and will not take on any student loans. Anything I do at this point needs to be cash-only. My company will reimburse some education expenses, but even something like an "inexpensive" $40,000 degree is pretty much out of the question.
3) I feel like I would be wasting my time working for a degree that is probably half (or more) made up of math, English, or general education courses.
I realize that University of Phoenix is pretty much considered a diploma mill, but it certainly does have the appeal of meeting all criteria I need for a degree. So, is there anything out there that is similar to the UoP, where you take online classes just within your area of study and get a degree?
I realize I might be seeking the Holy Grail and asking too much, but what's the best I can do? Is there an online degree program from an accredited and reputable school that can offer me inexpensive classes with very few general education classes? I don't care if it's a big name or a well-known school. But I do want to actually learn and have it mean something.