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  I'm a little confused.
Posted by: jclarkc - Today, 03:02 AM - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (2)

Hello everyone, I am an American living in China currently. I teach English over here in China. Its come up I need a bachelor's degree to continue working here. I've known this from the beginning and have been searching for options. I heard about this option of testing out for a degree in a huge cut of the time from a friend of mine. Through alot of research I've ended up here looking for help. I've read alot of stuff, and to be honest I'm just confused, not terribly confused, but I'm not sure where to start. I've heard of these three universities listed and visited the website of two, but they all branch off to other websites talking about CLEP this and test out of that and I'm not sure how to begin.

In a nutshell I'm just looking for the fastest accredited major possible, afterwards I'd like to study something I actually want to study, but for now a fast major will do. Does anyone have a suggestion on where to start in all this. I have 0 accredited college experience. I attended an unaccredited college in the past, but that really has no help here. Do I just start taking CLEP tests online at random until I meet the requirements? Where is the path laid out for this Bachelor's in Liberal Arts kind of degrees?

Thank you so much for any help provided, even a link to a website explaining all this would be very helpful, thank you.

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  Cheapest current BSBA from scratch?
Posted by: HAVEaSigAR - Today, 01:30 AM - Forum: General Education and Testing Discussion - Replies (5)

Hello All, I'm looking to get started, have no credits.  I'm really just looking for the cheapest option for a bachelor's degree in business, focus in tech, telecom, or computers/information would be nice but not a must. I have no idea where to start, a u help would be appreciated.

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  nevsage - TESU BALS / BSBA planning
Posted by: bjcheung77 - Today, 12:57 AM - Forum: Excelsior, Thomas Edison, and Charter Oak Specific Discussion - No Replies

nevsage Wrote:bjcheung77,

Hello from Taiwan.  I'm an American living and teaching here in Taipei.  I'm trying to find updated plans for a BALS or a BSBA from Thomas Edison, but I can't quite find them. I was wondering if you made recent ones and could point me in the right direction.  

Hopefully ones that us SL and Study.com and shoomp, since the Saylor courses are a bit harder for me to do in my spare time. Thanks for all your hard work over the years.  Your writings have inspired me to get another degree.



Hey NevSage, How are you doing?  I've been to Taiwan and most parts of East Asia and South East Asia as well.  Anyways, what you're looking for are the spreadsheets in Post #28 and #31 in my Signature.  There are a couple of new templates in post #31 and a usable template in post #28.  It's mainly using the recommended StraighterLine for Lower Level and Study.com for Upper Level. 

BTW, what degree do you currently have?  Are you also looking for a Masters degree?  My templates have a few Competency Based Masters you may also want to look into, maybe after you complete the TESU degree... Note: You may want to list your current degree and the courses/grades and credits you have.  We can plan a degree for you - cheap/easy/fast - using mainly ACE/NCCRS credits since CLEP/MS is out of the equation.

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  Edison State Univ vs. Thomas Edison
Posted by: tesu-acct-student - Yesterday, 10:04 PM - Forum: Excelsior, Thomas Edison, and Charter Oak Specific Discussion - Replies (15)

Hi all,

I would like to share a thought I've had, to see what you all think. I was thinking that it might good for us to drop the "Thomas" in Thomas Edison when referring to the university. This way, we would be saying Edison State, or Edison State University. I think it would place the emphasis on the State part of the name. It doesn't matter to those of us here, because we already know it is a state university. But others don't. 

Do you think that when you use "Thomas Edison State University," with people, that the "State" part is clear enough to them? I just wonder if the name of "Thomas Edison" is what they remember, rather than "Edison State." 

I always use Edison State University on my resume, employment documents, etc. I want it to be super clear that this is a state school. I don't want people's minds getting stuck on the "Thomas Edison" part.

Does any of this make sense??? Of course, I'm not talking about pushing to change the actual name. Just to change the name that we use when talking about the university with others. What do you all think? Have you ever wondered about this?

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  looking for BSIT, or related BS degree that can be used for Georgia Tech MS
Posted by: jinsamsara - 02-20-2019, 08:32 PM - Forum: Excelsior, Thomas Edison, and Charter Oak Specific Discussion - Replies (10)

Hi Guys,

I am a non-US citizen currently living overseas... So WGU is out. My ultimate aim is to do the MS Cybersecurity Georgia Tech and would appreciate if I can get experienced helpers to guide me on this.

I am leaning towards Excelsior College due to the UL they given for my IT certifications that I have.

CompTIA N+ - 3UL
CompTIA S+ - 3UL
CCNA CyberOps - ??

Currently I have completed or have signed up the following courses. 

Ancient Greek Philosophers
Developing Effective Teams
The Essentials of Managing Conflict 

College Algebra - in progress
Introduction to Statistics - in progress
Conflict Resolutions - in progress

Business Ethics 
Cultural Anthropology
Organizational Behaviour 
Priciples of Management
US History 1
US History 2
Western Civilization 1
Western Civilization 2
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Criminal Justice

Introduction to Biology w/o lab- in progress
English Comp 1 - in progress
English Comp 2 - in progress

Cyber Security for Business Professionals
Cyber Security for Everyone
Cyber Security for IT Professionals

I will move on to study.com to do the rest after completing the in progress courses above. 

I am thinking of doing 12 credits with Excelsior (BSIT with general concentration)to save on the other misc fees, which at the end will cost me between 5k to 5.5k.  Would like to check if I will get GPA at the end since most of the courses are transferred in.

Any guidance is appreciated.. I didnt put TESU or COSC because they seems to need chemistry or bio with lab... which I dont think it is doable from my side.

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  Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma
Posted by: sanantone - 02-20-2019, 04:02 PM - Forum: Off Topic - Replies (1)

A cool physics lesson. 


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  Alternative Math
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  CSMLearn "High Performance" (Quantitative Reasoning) Review
Posted by: DeanLewis - 02-20-2019, 03:32 PM - Forum: Saylor.org, Straighterline, Study.com, Ed4Credit.com, Shmoop.com, Sophia.Org Discussion - Replies (9)

Hi all, 
I've noticed that CSMLearn's "High Performance Course" hasn't been mentioned much here, but having completed it today, I thought I'd give some information from my experience. 

First, it should be noted that the ACE credit recommendation for the course is "3 semester hours of quantitative reasoning credit at the lower division baccalaureate level." I'm intending to complete a BALS at TESU and hoping that this will fulfill the quantitative literacy component for that degree, however, this hasn't been confirmed yet. CSMLearn has made some formal articulation agreements with COSU, WGU, SNHU, and CSU though.

The course costs $39, and you have the option of paying an additional $6 for a framed certificate to be mailed to you upon completion. They do offer, as of the time of this writing, a free trial consisting of 2 hours, or 20% of the course. After that, you have to pay the $39 to finish the course, and if you're looking to receive the certificate/credit, you will need to go through their biorecognition process to confirm your identity (and it could take up to three business days for that to be verified). 

As far as content goes, this wasn't an easy course. I've finished quite a few SL courses in a single day, but it wasn't possible with the CSMLearn program (for me anyway). It took me about ten solid hours to finish the 34 modules of the course. For each module, you work through a system of "belts," yellow, red, and black. To finish the course you have to achieve "black belt competency" in each module, which is to say you have to answer 100% of the questions correctly on the first try, or be awarded a lower belt level, and return to the material later. 

I was surprised that while quantitative literacy was assuredly the core of the program, it dabbled in other areas, such as proofreading, and using schedules. 

The course actually is quite intuitive, and the difficulty of questions builds with your proficiency in the module of a particular topic. I've seen other courses (ALEKS for instance) try to offer something similar, but CSMLearn has really refined this technology. 

Overall, I highly recommend the course. It is an accessible way for those of us not terribly skilled in math to gain some skills, and earn appropriate credit in a self-paced environment, and if nothing else you will learn some degree of perseverance in moving through the course, as some modules can be quite tedious and focused on minutia that is not readily apparent. I would rate the course as 8/10. I'm happy to answer any questions.

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