Diploma Mills, Online Universities Are Not The Same

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Editor:

Capella University and University of Phoenix are in no way diploma mills. Take just a quick second to sincerely ask any one who has gone to either.

They take two to four years on average to get through (usually 2 for the master's degree and 3-4 for the doctorate), and require tremendous amounts of writing, research, and other standard academic requirements for the respective degree levels.

They are very expensive to attend, with classes taught by very experienced professionals who operate both in industry and academia.

Additionally, both are fully accredited universities, having been accredited by one of the nationally recognized accrediting bodies for universities in the U.S.

For those who don't know what that means, the university class credit one receives from these universities will transfer to any other accredited university (state and private universities).

This means that course credit taken at either one of these will be recognized by places like Duke University, Northwestern University, University of Florida, and other nationally recognized universities.

Unfortunately, old habits and opinions die hard and many folks still think that if you don't sit at a desk in the classroom, you don't get the same level of education. However, major academic research has been done time and again, and to date, no study has found that online education as compared to traditional classroom education results in any significant difference, for better or worse, in the end result that the student walks away with.

The funniest part of the whole thing is that perhaps just five or six years ago, there was a distinction between online degrees and brick-and-mortar.

Nowadays, almost every major university has full online degree programs even at the doctorate level yet, some misinformed folks still insist on making a distinction between online and brick-and-mortar universities.

One should not lump accredited online universities together with places that are truly unaccredited diploma mills. They are worlds apart and doing so does a great disservice to those who have sacrificed significant time, money, and effort into getting their advanced degrees.

My hat is off to both Dr. Cullen and Senior Dean, Margo Bracamonte and to anyone who pursues and completes an accredited higher level of education as it is truly a very rigorous and demanding process.

Timothy Deckert (not a doctor of any sort)

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