When I figured out that an online university was going to be the best way for me to complete a bachelor's degree, I spent a lot of time looking for the perfect school. The factors I considered were reputation, connection to a ground campus, years of existence, accreditation, progression to master's, and cost.
I looked at Penn Foster College because I remembered their advertisement in the local newspapers. Blue and yellow pieces of paper advertising their short courses and trade education. However, after a quick look, I struck them off the list because they didn't have the degree I was interested in.
I then looked at University of Phoenix (UOP). I saw their advertisement all over the internet and they are well known in Jamaica. They have regional accreditation and name recognition. As I read further there seemed to be some concerns with UOP and their degrees seemed to have the possibility of being regarded with skepticism. I still went ahead and submitted a request for information and it took UOP FOREVER to get back to me. Additionally, I didn't like the attitude of the representative who handled my query, I felt like I was a person from a third world country begging UOP for their degree. When I considered the cost of UOPs degree, I decided that it wasn't worth it.
I considered Walden University as it seems that they were pretty good at targeting Jamaican students, like UOP they have name recognition. Unfortunately, Walden didn't strike me as professional and again I took them off my list.
Hi I'm Ang the Generalist! I'm a nearly 30 yr old Jamaican woman.
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