Looking for good universities for baby boomers who need to work.
May 8, 2007 10:14 AM Subscribe
What decent universities exist for baby boomers who need a degree but have to keep working?
posted by Pacrand to Education (17 answers total)
My friend, 58, wants to go back to school. She has an ancient AA degree from a community college in the SF Bay Area, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She has some money (enough to buy a house, but not enough to retire) and a decent job, but nothing that keeps her tied to LA.
I know a lot of people are immediately asking "Are you certain that college is for her?" In her case, for more reasons than I'll go into here, it is. She's older, so she only has a certain amount of time to work until retirement, but sometimes there are more important things than money.
However, such a limiting factor can't be ignored. I'm basically looking for the following:
- Some major university/ies (not Harvard, but I've heard that University of Phoenix is as worthwhile as DeVry) that offers courses appropriate for working professionals
- Advice on who we should talk to about admissions (obviously, the admissions office, but I'm concerned that they're geared only towards 18-year-old high schoolers)
Location doesn't matter; I'm casting this net nationwide. Cost doesn't matter too much. I'm just trying to get an idea of where someone might be able to take classes nights and weekends or online towards a real, worthwhile degree. Her career as a highly-paid professional doesn't allow for too much flexibility in work schedule, so I need to find a school with a flexible schedule.
I should also mention that difficulty is not an issue. If it's realistically possible for her to get in with an old AA degree and plenty of recommendations, she will, and she'll excel.