Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHigher Education (University +) · 1 decade ago

Are these online Degree in a year for real or fake?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Short answer: Yes, if they are from an accredited institution.

    Long answer: Yes, but is it worth it? Probably not. Most of the schools offering these accelerated programs are for-profit institutions. They overcharge for a barely acceptable education. For example, some of the schools that offer these accelerated programs are University of Phoenix, AIU, Colorado Tech, and Kaplan University. University of Phoenix charges $494 per semester credit hour. Kaplan charges the equivalent of $454 per semester credit hour. Colorado Tech and AIU are owned by the same company. Currently, AIU is on probation with their accreditor. If they don't straighten things out in 6 months, they will lose accreditation. They have been on probation for 17 months.

    The preferrable method for obtaining a degree is to actually attend college. Go to a community college, get an AA and then go to a University. However, if life's circumstances won't let you do that, then online education is a viable option. You just have to choose the right online education.

    The best place to start is to check with a community college in your state. Sometimes, they will have online degree programs. Costs will be lower too. You can complete an entire associates degree (20 courses, three credit hours per course) at community college for less than THREE courses at University of Phoenix will cost. If your local community college doesn't have an online program, check with other community colleges in your state.

    Also, check with your state universities. Sometimes they will have online programs too. They will be cheaper than the for-profit universities. An added benefit is the degrees the state universities grant for online degrees are no different than the on-campus degrees.

    If all of that fails, here are some schools that have reasonable tuition and are at least regionally accredited.

    Fort Hays State University -

    Peru State College -

    University of Wyoming -

    Mississippi State University -

    University of Florida -

    American Public University -

    University of Illinois -

    Texas Tech University -

    Fort Hays has associate's degrees and so does APU. To give you an idea of how much the for-profit schools overcharge, Fort Hays tuition is $137 per semester credit hour. APU is $250 per semester credit hour and includes books. Peru State is $130 per semester credit hour. University of Wyoming is $134 per semester credit hour. University of Florida is $174 per semester credit hour. To all University of Phoenix, Kaplan and Strayer students, you now know you paid too much.

    Finally, no matter what school you choose, make certain it is accredited. Don't take the school's word for it either. Check with the U.S. Department of Education at You can learn more about accreditation at

    EDIT: One final tip, you can't just check the accrediting agencies website to find out if the school is legit. Many fake schools have also setup their own fake accrediting agencies. In fact, the entire diploma mill industry has setup a series of accreditation mills that accredit schools that couldn't a valid accreditation. If you want a valid degree in the U.S., you should always check the U.S. Department of Education database mentioned above or the CHEA database at These are the only two places where you can be positive a school is acceptable to the U.S. Department of Education and acceptable to State Education Departments.

    Good luck

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  • 4 years ago

    Here is another thought. The guy claims to be "emeritus" in his credentials. That in my experience (I work at a University) means older then dirt and been retired for a long time. The emeritus professors I work with often have very poor typing and computer skills as they've only been exposed to computers for a very small percentage of their life. Some of them are very technically challenged. It is likely that this is some kid trying to impress everyone, but it could very well be a very elderly man who is what he claims. Every time I see one of his answers I always look to see if the suggestion is something a vet might have recommended 50 years ago especially one who never bothered to keep updated with changes. (EDIT: A vet or doctor with outdated methods can be just as dangerous as an ignorant 13 y.o.) I haven't decided yet either way which he is. In reality if the advice comes from anyone on the internet double check it especially if it is regarding treatment of any sort. Even if Dr. Michael points you to his graduating class roster and info on his horses would that prove anything? It wouldn't to me because it could be faked or it could be the very real credentials of a completely different person. He can't prove in any way who is typing his answers. EDIT: Normally I hate getting in sniping matches with other answerers especially for things that are based solely on personal experience as your experience in a different department at a different U as a grad is completely different than my experience as a staff member in a nearly 100% research based department. While there were typewriters there were also secretaries and grads. These were (and in a couple of cases in my department still are) the people who job is to type up and edit proposals, papers, etc. It was also standard practice for students (grad or otherwise) to hire a student typist for their papers before they had the luxury of their own secretary. Any which way Pigs Feet is 100% right. The author has done nothing to encourage me (and hopefully anyone else) to blindly take their advice.

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  • 1 decade ago

    For the most part, they are going to be real. What you must keep in mind is that when you get your diploma, it will say that you are the proud graduate of Bubba Joe's School of Business and Music (or whichever other one you choose). The reputation of the school where you obtain your degree is equally as important as the fact that you have a degree. So, spend your money wisely and make sure the online school you are considering has a good reputation.

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  • Listent to what NGC625 wrote, he gave some good advice. Also check out for information about why these for-profit schools are a bad idea and the site also gives some good information on finding a good school. Good Luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    More than likely they are fakes... be really careful! Check the school's accredidation... they should have regional accredidation which is the highest level. Dont just take the school's word for it either... check the accrediting agency's website.

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  • OR1234
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Well, they'll give you a real piece of paper.

    The better question is will you have received a good education and will you be able to get a good job afterwards.

    No and No.

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  • eri
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Depends on whether or not the program offering them is accredited.

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