College On The Cheap! Have You Thought Of Attending College? You Can Very Cheaply!

by ÁrbolesdeArabia 13 Replies latest watchtower medical

  • ÁrbolesdeArabia

    Lots of friends and JWs are dealing with depression, some are sad they never went to college and wonder what it's like to get a degree. The Watchtower guilted her members by telling them they were worldy if they wanted a higher education. College in community schools were free when I took AP classes in high school. The U system was $1300 a quarter, community colleges were free with tuition and books were reasonable as well. Dan Rathers Reports "New Charter University", watch the video and I think you will be impressed with all your options to take free classes from Ivy League schools online. NCU according to Dan Rathers was $200 a month for tuition, you could transfer any credits from your Community College towards your AA or B.A. or B.S.

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    I've read many articles that say to be wary of these schemes. Altho I don't know what country to which you are referring, colleges decide which credits to accept. My local community college is well-regarded. There is a list of local colleges that guarantee credit for their school. It does not work for schools outside the local area.

    None of my dream schools would accept community college credit. With the cost of education, though, I would think that a credit is a credit. You graduate with the same degree as 4-year students. I wonder why four year students pay the tuition they do. In the long run, people care about which college awarded your degree. No one asks where were you a freshman and sophomore and takes off points.

    Regular colleges have been accepting transfer students for generations. Newspapers and historians mention that President Obama graduated from Columbia. They rarely mention that he was a freshman elsewhere and transfered.

  • ÁrbolesdeArabia

    BOR: you are correct about the scams dealing with college, most are from the "For Profit Colleges" who lost their Accreditation because their programs were garbage! The colleges I am talking about are pilot programs, take a look at the schools participating with Courera, Edx and Udacity are awesome, and free! Dan Rather's Reports interview with "New Charter University" was impressive, I urge anyone interested in taking a few free classes or paying for a education to watch his program on Axis TV. Review Udacity and Edx if you are a techqi!

    Harkin "Protecting Students From Worthless Degree Act" Pulls Financial Aid From Programs That Lack Accreditation

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    Oh, I read several articles about Coursera yesterday. Personally, i don't see it, not now. I am not an education specialist. It may be a way to better prepare for class. The economy is so bad that they are talking about how to charge for it and how much. This scared me. For the major attraction for me is that it is free.

    Coursera is amazing. Has anyone taken classes yet?

    They need to develop a way to test your knowledge. I read that decent colleges will not give credit now but are already devising ways to do so in the future. I don't know how it started. B/c so many reputable schools are doing Coursera maybe they can risk more than if it were one school alone.

    Do you know about Khan Academy? I read books about central banking and never understood. In about ten minutes at Khan Academy, I understood.

    So what courses are you planning to take? I signed up for Logic. It was too much for me.

  • ÁrbolesdeArabia

    BOR, that question is still in the air, investors (angel capital) with a high tolerance for risk, have approached the founders of Coursera hoping to catch the begining. "New Charter U" is based off the idea of providing a usuable education with minimal costs to their students. The Us are not competing with their own "brick and mortar" buildings or online degrees. The price of the educations from big schools are unsustainable ($400-500k for medical school) ($250 some legal schools) the founders of free online classes are gearing for the whole world. Students from all over the world are attending these classes, class sizes are too big for interaction with teachers (100,000 students) or their teacher aids. The question is, how will the certificates you acheive for passing their classes, be used towards a future degree? The system is in it's infancy, every college is thinking about jumping on board. The list of colleges joining the program is growing, at first the idea was given the cold shoulder by some of the Ivy League schools. Now the schools who said "No" are on the list with one or two classes starting the first three months of 2013.

    When good people put their heads together for the right reasons, big things are able to happen. Coursera's original goal was altruistic, a free education for anyone with internet access. For profit schools like "U Arizona, Devery's" and other goober schools are not happy with a free based model education.

  • kurtbethel

    Credits are a secondary concern for me. I want to learn things I didn't know when I started the class.

  • Band on the Run
    Band on the Run

    I've signed up for Coursera. it is very exciting. The problem is with credit. Schools want an income stream from it. Developing these courses is very expensive. Great schools are considering issuing certificates of completion for several hundred dollars. I was saddened that cash was raising its ugly head.

    As long as these courses are free, why not take them?

    When I studied for the bar, some concepts were hard to grasp. I decided to go to a law library and pull three or four treatises from the shelf. Some authors explained the concept so well. Others were hopeless. No one book was great. It depended on the topic. Coursera can never be a bad idea.

    I was silly enough that they were developing these courses as a civic duty. These courses are great marketing devices for schools. It democratizes knowledge.

    So I was sad to read several hundred dollars for a certificate and even more testing. Sadly, very few students are finishing these courses.

    Several commercial companies, such as the Teaching Company, were charging large fees for college grads to lectures of famous profs. I am glad that I am not a share holder in these cos.

  • mrsjones5

    Udacity and San Jose State University have recently joined up to offer classes (with credit) online. It isn't free but the cost seems reasonable.

  • cantleave

    Get a job with an employer that will sponsor you.

  • ÁrbolesdeArabia

    kurtbethel try one of the classes coming up at Coursera, if you want to learn and are not worried about the credits. What areas are you thinking about learning about?

    BOTR, Good for you! You won't be disappointed with any of the free school choices, lots of classes and the Facebook forums get really pumping with good debating or dialogue and helping each other catch points you might miss on the Video Lecutures or Reading Assignments. Very Cool for you!

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