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Business Degree Path Guidance
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(02-14-2021, 01:00 PM)BetaBen Wrote: WGU is a school I have been looking at as well. They don't seem to take as many ACE credits, but it seems like a good school. I was briefly in the Science and Technology program at Flex, but decided that business might be the right path for me. I haven't tried out the Flex Business program as I felt that I may be able to complete my degree more quickly elsewhere.

WGU takes up to 75% of a degree from ACE.  The main issues are that there are zero elective credits, and only 25-30% of a degree there is Gen Ed's.  So it's always going to be harder to find alternative credit for your major courses.
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(01-19-2021, 10:26 PM)BetaBen Wrote: Hello everyone.

I have been reading on the forum for a while now about the possibility of accelerating my path toward a degree.
I completed a UW Flexible Option Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. For anyone interested, it’s not a bad competency-based program, but I found it to be pretty time consuming due to a fair amount of busywork and the 80% requirement to pass courses. The major benefit for me was that no proctoring was required on nearly every course, but I would like to get a degree sooner rather than later.

I tried out Sophia and loved it. I flew though the materials and exams in a few days and still felt like I learned more than I did in an average FLEX course. I definitely do better with self-paced, low-stress courses, but because the FLEX degree was taking longer than expected, I decided that earning a degree in Business from one of the big three using SDC and other sources might be the best option for me.

However, when TESU changed its rules regarding RA credit, my anxiety kicked in (even though I have enough RA credit). Is it possible that the big three could create a new policy requiring more courses be taken through the college?  I’m afraid that I will be a SDC course or two away from the capstone and the Big Three will introduce a new rule in July or January that requires me to take courses with the college. Do you think they will do this soon? Are you safe once you have your graduation plan locked in?

I have been considering the BSBA in Accounting, Finance, General Management, and Computer Information Systems at TESU, the BSBA at COSC, and a Business Administration Bachelor’s at UMPI.

Given the credits I have, what degree path do you think would be the simplest to complete? What are your general thoughts? (See attached Word doc with my credits).

I really appreciate any advice you may share. Big Grin


Here's my take on UMPI for you...

There are 3 bachelor's of arts in business administration at UMPI. Each one has a concentration. You have to pick one or more. The options are accounting, management & leadership, or project management.

https://online.umpi.edu/

Click on Online Programs at the top and it will drop down with the degree options.

At UMPI, you need to complete the major/minor requirements, the GEC (their gen eds), and elective credits. You must complete a minimum of 30 credits at UMPI. You will need to complete a specific number of UL courses. This varies with each degree program. You will need to complete a specific number of UL courses at UMPI. There are also specific UL course requirements int eh major which must be completed at UMPI. There are no exceptions to these policies. A lot of people think they're going to sign up and not take UL at UMPI. It doesn't work that way. Quite the opposite actually. One thing to keep in mind is that every course needed to complete every single degree is offered at UMPI. Tuition is $1400 per 8 week term. There are NO additional fees. No outside textbooks. All of the course material is contained within the learning platform. 

For the GEC, you'll need a few English and speech courses. I do not recommend taking them outside of UMPI. There is far less coursework in the UMPI courses. They are significantly faster as well. 


I would recommend you take these courses at Sophia, then apply to UMPI. The application is free. You just pay for your transcripts. 

Microeconomics

Introduction to Psychology
Environmental Science
US History 1

Ancient Greek Philosophers

That's it and then I would apply. You look to be in really good shape. You've got several business courses already completed so you would have part of the major already done. Feel free to send me any questions you have about UMPI.



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Brandman/UMass: MA in Organizational Leadership - Spring 2021

RIT: MPS in Project Management, Design Think, and Product Development - Possibly 2022


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Community College: AAS Business Administration

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UMPI: https://online.umpi.edu/
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(02-14-2021, 01:00 PM)BetaBen Wrote:
(02-14-2021, 03:49 AM)Luiscastaneda25 Wrote:
(01-19-2021, 10:26 PM)BetaBen Wrote: Hello everyone.

I have been reading on the forum for a while now about the possibility of accelerating my path toward a degree.
I completed a UW Flexible Option Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. For anyone interested, it’s not a bad competency-based program, but I found it to be pretty time consuming due to a fair amount of busywork and the 80% requirement to pass courses. The major benefit for me was that no proctoring was required on nearly every course, but I would like to get a degree sooner rather than later.

I tried out Sophia and loved it. I flew though the materials and exams in a few days and still felt like I learned more than I did in an average FLEX course. I definitely do better with self-paced, low-stress courses, but because the FLEX degree was taking longer than expected, I decided that earning a degree in Business from one of the big three using SDC and other sources might be the best option for me.

However, when TESU changed its rules regarding RA credit, my anxiety kicked in (even though I have enough RA credit). Is it possible that the big three could create a new policy requiring more courses be taken through the college?  I’m afraid that I will be a SDC course or two away from the capstone and the Big Three will introduce a new rule in July or January that requires me to take courses with the college. Do you think they will do this soon? Are you safe once you have your graduation plan locked in?

I have been considering the BSBA in Accounting, Finance, General Management, and Computer Information Systems at TESU, the BSBA at COSC, and a Business Administration Bachelor’s at UMPI.

Given the credits I have, what degree path do you think would be the simplest to complete? What are your general thoughts? (See attached Word doc with my credits).

I really appreciate any advice you may share. Big Grin
I’m on the Business Administration program at UW flex, I agree with you is a little time consuming but overall is good. 

Have you consider WGU?

WGU is a school I have been looking at as well. They don't seem to take as many ACE credits, but it seems like a good school. I was briefly in the Science and Technology program at Flex, but decided that business might be the right path for me. I haven't tried out the Flex Business program as I felt that I may be able to complete my degree more quickly elsewhere. 

How long has the Business Administration program been taking for you? Do you have work experience that helps you complete competencies?
I’m on my second Term, about to start my third.
To be honest on my first term I did 4 courses. On my second I tried to do 5 but I was diagnosed with COVID so only finished one. Even tho I symptoms only lasted a week I just felt tired all the time. 

If you look at the degree program, the problem is that many classes are 1-2 credit and they take the same amount of work of a 3 credit curse. So overall more courses to take and more assessments. 

I do have business experience, for example I finished the stock performance class in a week and the HR In about 2 weeks. 

I’m thinking of transferring to WGU, just because I believe it might be faster.
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(02-15-2021, 04:33 AM)Luiscastaneda25 Wrote:
(02-14-2021, 01:00 PM)BetaBen Wrote:
(02-14-2021, 03:49 AM)Luiscastaneda25 Wrote:
(01-19-2021, 10:26 PM)BetaBen Wrote: Hello everyone.

I have been reading on the forum for a while now about the possibility of accelerating my path toward a degree.
I completed a UW Flexible Option Associate of Arts and Sciences degree. For anyone interested, it’s not a bad competency-based program, but I found it to be pretty time consuming due to a fair amount of busywork and the 80% requirement to pass courses. The major benefit for me was that no proctoring was required on nearly every course, but I would like to get a degree sooner rather than later.

I tried out Sophia and loved it. I flew though the materials and exams in a few days and still felt like I learned more than I did in an average FLEX course. I definitely do better with self-paced, low-stress courses, but because the FLEX degree was taking longer than expected, I decided that earning a degree in Business from one of the big three using SDC and other sources might be the best option for me.

However, when TESU changed its rules regarding RA credit, my anxiety kicked in (even though I have enough RA credit). Is it possible that the big three could create a new policy requiring more courses be taken through the college?  I’m afraid that I will be a SDC course or two away from the capstone and the Big Three will introduce a new rule in July or January that requires me to take courses with the college. Do you think they will do this soon? Are you safe once you have your graduation plan locked in?

I have been considering the BSBA in Accounting, Finance, General Management, and Computer Information Systems at TESU, the BSBA at COSC, and a Business Administration Bachelor’s at UMPI.

Given the credits I have, what degree path do you think would be the simplest to complete? What are your general thoughts? (See attached Word doc with my credits).

I really appreciate any advice you may share. Big Grin
I’m on the Business Administration program at UW flex, I agree with you is a little time consuming but overall is good. 

Have you consider WGU?

WGU is a school I have been looking at as well. They don't seem to take as many ACE credits, but it seems like a good school. I was briefly in the Science and Technology program at Flex, but decided that business might be the right path for me. I haven't tried out the Flex Business program as I felt that I may be able to complete my degree more quickly elsewhere. 

How long has the Business Administration program been taking for you? Do you have work experience that helps you complete competencies?
I’m on my second Term, about to start my third.
To be honest on my first term I did 4 courses. On my second I tried to do 5 but I was diagnosed with COVID so only finished one. Even tho I symptoms only lasted a week I just felt tired all the time. 

If you look at the degree program, the problem is that many classes are 1-2 credit and they take the same amount of work of a 3 credit curse. So overall more courses to take and more assessments. 

I do have business experience, for example I finished the stock performance class in a week and the HR In about 2 weeks. 

I’m thinking of transferring to WGU, just because I believe it might be faster.

Sorry to hear you got COVID! That lasting tiredness is a bummer, especially when you are trying to complete a degree. 

WGU could allow you to finish more quickly. As @dbinghamjr and @dfrecore pointed out, WGU does take quite a few ACE credits, which can be earned pretty quickly, especially if you have experience.
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If you're not in a huuge rush, I'd apply to both WGU & UMPI (no fees for either one), just to see where things fall. UMPI programs include more gen eds & have electives, which might be a significant advantage for you.
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