ERIC Number: ED410837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
External Degrees in the Information Age. Legitimate Choices. Series on Higher Education.
Spille, Henry A.; Stewart, David W.; Sullivan, Eugene
This guide for adults who are seeking external degrees offers guidance for selecting such a program and a listing of 140 accredited programs. The five chapters of part 1 provide an introduction to external degree opportunities. Chapter 1 briefly considers the multiple ways in which today's adults can continue their education. Chapter 2 explains how external degree programs operate including such aspects as assessment of prior learning, contract learning, distance education, and nontraditional degree programs. Chapter 3 stresses the importance of institutional accreditation, describes types of accreditation and accrediting bodies, and discusses state regulation of colleges and universities. A table summarizes relevant statutes by state. Chapter 4 considers the problem of diploma mills, their characteristics, their promotional tactics, their policies, external degree program abuses, and accreditation claims. Chapter 5 provides specific guidelines for choosing an external degree program. Part 2 lists accredited programs by state and institution. Listings usually provide: institution name and address/phone numbers, degrees offered, program mission, accreditation, admission requirements, required campus time, tuition and fees, credit awards for prior learning, and a description. Indexes include a subject index for part 1, an index to institutions by fields of study, and an alphabetical list of institutions.(DB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Access to Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Adult Education, Degree Requirements, Degrees (Academic), Distance Education, External Degree Programs, Higher Education, Home Study, Independent Study, Institutional Evaluation, State Regulation
Oryx Press, P.O. Box, 33889, Phoenix, AZ 85067-3889; phone: 800-279-6799; fax: 800-279-4663 ($34.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - General; Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners; Students
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.