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    Default SNHU vs WGU

    I'm currently enrolled at SNHU but I'm rethinking my decision. The classes, so far, are a lot slower paced than I was hoping for.

    Given the fact that SNHU is regionally accredited, and WGU isn't afaik, is it worth staying here in hopes that the pace picks up? All I see around this board is WGU and I never see anything about SNHU so I'm kinda believing I picked the wrong college.

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    Haven't been to either to I can't give any input, but last I checked WGU was regionally accredited.
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    WGU WAS regionally accredited when I checked.

    Many of us here are familiar with WGU. Major points are probably it is 100% online, fully self-paced and could be insanely accelerated, accepts existing certs for credits, provides you with certifications in the process (A+, CCNA, MCSA, CEH, CHFI, etc. had to be passed on vendor's conditions, i.e. you may need to go to Prometric/Pearson VUE testing center) and costs ~$3000 for 6 months.

    Could you provide a brief description of what SNHU is in similar fashion so we can compare?
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    Correct, WGU is regionally accredited.
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    SNHU is 100% online but they don't offer cert testing like WGU. That seems to be the only difference, as far as I know, but it's a pretty big difference.

    Im going to knock out my A+ then go apply to WGU. I'm just wasting my time on slow paced nonsense with SNHU.

    And sorry for the confusion about accreditation. I could have sworn I read WGU was only nationally accredited but then again that info might have been out of date. Great to know that it is, in fact, regionally accredited!
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    How much does it cost to study at SNHU? Looks like your are implying that it can't be accelerated, i.e. lectures and homework are held in predefined timeframes like it is done say on Coursera (at least for courses I've taken)?
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    It's about $3,700/semester. $320 per credit hour or $960 per course. It's 2 courses per term and 2 terms per semester so 4 class total per semester.

    It can not be accelerated. The courses are broken down in to weekly modules and, while you can begin the next week's work early, you can't actually complete the module until that week. I'm honestly getting bored with the slow pace and I thought the workload would be bigger but I'm pretty disappointed so far.
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    Agreed, that's a huge downside. It makes it difficult to follow the process while having a family and full-time job with variations in workload. At WGU sometimes I do lots, while on some weeks I remain dormant and this is really great to have it self-paced, in the end I go twice faster than supposed anyways. And it's cheaper, on top of it price of certs is included in your student fees.

    Can't tell on quality of materials here and there, but other than that WGU wins easily.
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    Thanks for the input and hopefully this thread will help out someone else that's comparing the two. SNHU isn't a bad school though, it just isn't for me. Someone who works better under deadlines and structure would probably enjoy it and their staff are incredibly easy to work with.

    I'm going to go ahead and knock out my A+ while finishing off this term then transfer over to WGU. Seems like a no brainer since WGU offers certs and is cheaper.
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    One last question:

    Does WGU have forced discussion board requirements? For example, every week I'm required to make a post about something pertaining to the module we are doing and then comment on other people's posts.

    It's one of the biggest things I dislike about SNHU.
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    Instead of this WGU has the lovely weekly mentor cheerleading calls. I personally hated every single one while most here don't seem to mind them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    Instead of this WGU has the lovely weekly mentor cheerleading calls. I personally hated every single one while most here don't seem to mind them.
    Are those just weekly status update calls with your mentor?
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    Yep. Total waste of time.
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    I would be careful with any of those schools, at this point. I honestly see the government trying to make these sorts of schools look illegitimate as a way to find them "at fault" for something and extort some money out of them. There was another story on one of the primetime news shows last night about diploma mills and the things that "qualified" them as such applied to places like WGU and SNHU. The student loan situation has lots of people on edge so they need to find some rocks to bleed. There are certainly issues, but today's "solutions" will just be tomorrow's problems.

    EDIT: Constructively, I would try to look at traditional B&M schools that offer online or flexible options. I think the reality is that some hiring managers are going to have negative opinions of these schools... and when you are trying to take a subjective decision (is this person who I should hire?) and quantify it... it is pretty easy to take the pile of people with degrees and separate them into schools that are the "easy" out versus those with established reputations.

    SNHU is working with some of the Fortune 500 companies to do what Starbucks has done with Arizona U where they will "cover" you going to school there. And since it is convenient, lots of folks will do it. I think it is an issue of kicking the can down the road because everyone will have "degrees" but they are likely to be viewed by many as "second class" or something.

    In reality, you get what you put into school, regardless of where you go. I could go to Harvard and just run through the motions and graduate, but that doesn't mean I had any substantial personal growth. I am not trying to bash anyone's education, I just pointing out that some people will and others may not have the intention but overlook you because they are trying to make their decisions easier (and I can't necessarily fault them for that).

    My alma mater had "accelerated" courses that covered most of my general education and general business courses. They weren't slouch courses, but the convenience made it possible for me to go to school full-time in the evenings and graduate in about 4.5 years. They also were pretty generous with credit by examination, though I didn't take advantage of it as much as I should have, in retrospect.

    2nd EDIT: Also, in regards to B&M schools that offer online options... it is more beneficial for appearance if it looks like you could have feasibly gone there "traditionally." If you live outside of New England, you very likely went to school online if you went to SNHU. However, if you go to University of Maryland and worked in NoVa during the same period of time, it would be seriously easy for a hiring manager to not even consider whether you went to school online or not (my graduate school was like that... but I didn't live anywhere near either... I worked for a company out of NoVa and did UM online).

    Remember, this is about building up your reputation by using a piece of paper (or an electronic file that represents one). If you have the opportunity to consider these things, I wouldn't brush it under the rug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    Instead of this WGU has the lovely weekly mentor cheerleading calls. I personally hated every single one while most here don't seem to mind them.
    I was able to get this switched to a weekly web form after my first couple months. Mentor said this doesn't apply to everyone, but I had already accelerated several classes at that point.
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    The only IT B&M online program (other than SNHU since they do have a physical campus) that I have found requires real world verifiable IT experience so that's, sadly, out of the question for me. I did look in to the UW system and I was told the only thing I could get in to for online education was an Associates in Liberal Arts.

    I get what you're saying though and agree with you. I feel WGU might be held to a higher standard though since you get tested and certified as you progress. But like you said, you get out of it what you put in to it.
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    I don't get it. My two mentors were dead set on the damn calls. I killed 4 classes in 4 months, yet nothing. If they offered me that option I would only have one thing to complain about: vague Taskstream feedback. Other than that, no complaints about WGU.
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    Quote Originally Posted by audio View Post
    The only IT B&M online program (other than SNHU since they do have a physical campus) that I have found requires real world verifiable IT experience so that's, sadly, out of the question for me. I did look in to the UW system and I was told the only thing I could get in to for online education was an Associates in Liberal Arts.

    I get what you're saying though and agree with you. I feel WGU might be held to a higher standard though since you get tested and certified as you progress. But like you said, you get out of it what you put in to it.
    Huh?

    There is a sticky thread in the IT Jobs and Degrees forum that is full of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    I don't get it. My two mentors were dead set on the damn calls. I killed 4 classes in 4 months, yet nothing. If they offered me that option I would only have one thing to complain about: vague Taskstream feedback. Other than that, no complaints about WGU.
    I got mine switched to one call every two weeks.
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    Same, and she's even been talking about taking it down to once per month. I do throw her the occasional email update too though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by powerfool View Post
    Huh?

    There is a sticky thread in the IT Jobs and Degrees forum that is full of them.
    I only looked at the UW system. OOS tuition costs for some of those schools on that list are ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberguypr View Post
    I don't get it. My two mentors were dead set on the damn calls. I killed 4 classes in 4 months, yet nothing. If they offered me that option I would only have one thing to complain about: vague Taskstream feedback. Other than that, no complaints about WGU.
    Maybe they were trying to cheer you up because you hated your calls so much. Lol
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    I don't mind much being called. Our conversations rarely last more than 2 minutes. Hey, how are you, fine, what you did in the past 2 weeks, I did that and plan to do that in upcoming weeks, fine, any questions for me, nope, have a nice day, bye. Same exact story every call.
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    Well I put in my withdrawal paperwork for SNHU. If I can get both A+ tests knocked out by April 15th then I can start WGU on May 1st otherwise it'll be June 1st.

    I appreciate all of the helpful insight folks.
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    Sorry to bump an old thread but audio, I'm curious as to your status on transferring schools and your feedback overall? I'm trying to decide between So NH and WGU. Leaning towards WGU.
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