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Anyone get questioned on TESU?
#1
So I have a good job but the topic of education comes up a lot. When ever I am asked where I went to school I explain how I didn't go right out of high school but chose to pursue a career sooner. I then mention that I am looking to go to TESU and finish up online and I get a lot of weird looks and questions like:

Is that a real school?
Is it like Devry?
Is it a legit diploma?
Seems fishy if you don't need to actually take courses.


Anyone else deal with this? Has anyone been called out on their degree when applying for a job or promotion?
#2
It sounds like you're probably over-explaining it if you're getting questions about not taking courses there.

"I'm planning on completing my degree at Thomas Edison State University, a public state school in New Jersey, they have a great online program."
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#3
(09-07-2018, 04:52 PM)jsd Wrote: It sounds like you're probably over-explaining it if you're getting questions about not taking courses there.

"I'm planning on completing my degree at Thomas Edison State University, a public state school in New Jersey, they have a great online program."

what jsd said...and it pretty much goes for all the Big 3 (although we all understand the excitement of alternative methods as a way to earn those needed credits)
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- BSBA General Management, December 2018
- ASNSM in Computer Science, December 2018
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#4
Yeah, don't expect people to understand "testing out". They might understand testing out for a part of a degree, but most of it? You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation.
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#5
I've taken to just telling people I'm doing "online school"

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#6
I have to think there is something that is causing them to act that way. I would suggest you not try and evangelize TESU, testing out, or distance ed. Just be honest.

Where did you to college?
I'm going now actually.
Cool, where?
Thomas Edison State University.
Where's that?
New Jersey.
So you're doing it online?
Yep.
Cool.

-or-

Where did you to college?
I'm going now actually.
Cool, where?
Thomas Edison State University.
Where's that?
New Jersey.
So you're doing it online?
Yep.
What? Is that even a legit program?
Seriously? It's 2018. Every college in the country offers courses online.
<uncomfortable silence>
Oh.

See- you can answer without being apologetic or selling - both will backfire. People who are critical are a waste of your time. People with an opinion are a waste of your time. People without degrees that have thought about returning to school may have sincere questions, but you can tell the difference because these people will ask sincerely and probe you for help.
9 times out of 10 when someone asks me a question about distance learning, I send them to their local CC's website. The 1 out of 10 I send to their local state college's website. 99.99% of the time they won't pursue either. You can spend a lot of energy answering questions that aren't even asked- people are just talking. But, if someone takes action or replies in a way that leads you to think they would love TESU, then help them win!!
I just told someone tonight about TESU but only after hearing about how he hated how long class semesters lasted. I asked him if he was good at taking tests, he said he was a natural test taker, but hated writing. I told him that I'd tested out of many classes by using a test called CLEP, that I'd completed 4 years of college in 18 months...... and then we chatted. I will probably end up helping this young man. I think the key is saying what you did instead of telling people what they should/could do. If they want to do what you did, they will ask.
#7
(09-07-2018, 09:34 PM)cookderosa Wrote: I have to think there is something that is causing them to act that way.  I would suggest you not try and evangelize TESU, testing out, or distance ed.  Just be honest.

Where did you to college?
I'm going now actually.
Cool, where?
Thomas Edison State University.
Where's that?
New Jersey.
So you're doing it online?
Yep.
Cool.  

-or-

Where did you to college?
I'm going now actually.
Cool, where?
Thomas Edison State University.
Where's that?
New Jersey.
So you're doing it online?
Yep.
What? Is that even a legit program?
Seriously? It's 2018.  Every college in the country offers courses online.
<uncomfortable silence>
Oh.  

See- you can answer without being apologetic or selling - both will backfire.  People who are critical are a waste of your time.  People with an opinion are a waste of your time.  People without degrees that have thought about returning to school may have sincere questions, but you can tell the difference because these people will ask sincerely and probe you for help.  
9 times out of 10 when someone asks me a question about distance learning, I send them to their local CC's website.  The 1 out of 10 I send to their local state college's website.  99.99% of the time they won't pursue either.  You can spend a lot of energy answering questions that aren't even asked- people are just talking.  But, if someone takes action or replies in a way that leads you to think they would love TESU, then help them win!!  
I just told someone tonight about TESU but only after hearing about how he hated how long class semesters lasted.  I asked him if he was good at taking tests, he said he was a natural test taker, but hated writing.  I told him that I'd tested out of many classes by using a test called CLEP, that I'd completed 4 years of college in 18 months...... and then we chatted.  I will probably end up helping this young man.  I think the key is saying what you did instead of telling people what they should/could do. If they want to do what you did, they will ask.

EXACTLY!

In 7+ years of doing this, I have had multiple people ask me about TESU/alternative credits, and only ONE actually ended up going there and getting his degree (he even beat me to it!).  The rest, if they were interested asked lots of questions, but none actually did anything about it.  I have someone now who is VERY interested, but generally, like Jennifer said, if they want to know more, they'll ask.  Otherwise, you're giving too much info to people.
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#8
(09-07-2018, 06:51 PM)Ideas Wrote: Yeah, don't expect people to understand "testing out". They might understand testing out for a part of a degree, but most of it? You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation.

"You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation."

What?  TESU (nor any of the Big 3) does not have a less-respected type of accreditation.  They are all RA, and as far as TESU is concerned their Business program is ACBSP as well.
Thomas Edison State University (TESU)
- BSBA General Management, December 2018
- ASNSM in Computer Science, December 2018
#9
(09-08-2018, 07:40 AM)allvia Wrote:
(09-07-2018, 06:51 PM)Ideas Wrote: Yeah, don't expect people to understand "testing out". They might understand testing out for a part of a degree, but most of it? You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation.

"You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation."

What?  TESU (nor any of the Big 3) does not have a less-respected type of accreditation.  They are all RA, and as far as TESU is concerned their Business program is ACBSP as well.

It was worded weird but i think he was trying to say something more like NOT one of those for-profit schools (which have lower-accreditation).
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BS IT Security, Western Governors University, 2018
BA Psychology, Thomas Edison State University, 2016
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#10
(09-08-2018, 09:05 AM)jsd Wrote:
(09-08-2018, 07:40 AM)allvia Wrote:
(09-07-2018, 06:51 PM)Ideas Wrote: Yeah, don't expect people to understand "testing out". They might understand testing out for a part of a degree, but most of it? You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation.

"You can tell them that it's not a for-profit school with the less-respected type of accreditation."

What?  TESU (nor any of the Big 3) does not have a less-respected type of accreditation.  They are all RA, and as far as TESU is concerned their Business program is ACBSP as well.

It was worded weird but i think he was trying to say something more like NOT one of those for-profit schools (which have lower-accreditation).

Ah that make more sense.  I misread it - goes to show how easy too much information beyond the "State School in NJ" is too much to share Smile
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- ASNSM in Computer Science, December 2018
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