Is the University of Phoenix Online a safe bet?
October 10, 2006 5:19 PM Subscribe
I am considering getting a degree online from the University of Phoenix. Are they really considered reputable to your average employer or does it look like you took the easy way out? I've heard that in some situations they will give you partial credit for technical schools and computer certifications (MCSE, CCNA, ect.). Is this true? Can you clep classes like at traditional colleges? Are the classes and instructors the same quality as a traditional brick and mortar college?
I got a two year "degree" from a technical school that's not accredited in any way. I would like to have something more concrete to put on my resume and maybe give me a little more credibility with my peers. I got my job by working my way up from the bottom and have been very successful. However, if I had walked in off the street they wouldn't have even interviewed me. I work a lot of hours and am expected to adjust my day to deal with emergencies so going to classes at scheduled times would be difficult (if not impossible).
My employer will pay for 100% of my degree (but only 12 credits a year) up to and including a doctorate, so I'm only limited by my time and ambition. I plan on working there for the foreseeable future, so time isn't that important (although I'd like to get a degree before I reach retirement). Also, my boss' job will be opening up in about 4 years (he's retiring as soon as he's vested) and I'd have a good shot at getting it but a much better shot with a degree. I haven’t decided if I even want his job but I would like to be in a position to apply and at least be seriously considered if I change my mind. Thank you in advance for your input.