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ERIC Number: ED410837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 239
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-89774-997-9
ISSN: 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)
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
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.