Long Distance Education

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  1. Brother Adam

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    What do you think of long distance education? I'm thinking about getting a B.S. in Religion (basically a bible degree) at Liberty and then moving on to seminary. That way instead of costing 8,000 a semester, it will only cost around 8,000 to finish my degree. Then I will be able to go straight to seminary.

    I only worry that it will be looked down upon because it was earned long distance.

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    The old style long distance ed WAS looked down on.

    Now, hoever, distance ed and UWW (University Without Walls) is available on almost every school program. University of Phoenix has a BS you can earn TOTALLY via the 'net.

    Go for it. Hang the diploma EARNED proudly (unlike some who BOUGHT theirs or, worse yet, got some honorary degree for kissing up to the right crowd).
     
  3. Brother Adam

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    Brother Adam,

    I agree 100% with Dr. Bob here. In today's day and age, a degree earned via distance education is nothing to be ashamed of. With the technologies available to us, it would be foolish not to take advantage of them in a situation like this.

    If I remember correctly, the degrees from Liberty require some work done on campus in short, intensive conferences. Also, I believe their literature points out the fact that the degree you receive will be the same as one a full-time, resident student would get. In other words, once you hang it on the wall, the only way a visitor would now it was earned via distance ed would be you telling them.

    Go for it!

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    thats how I recieved my B.S. in Religion. :D
     
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    I am working on my master of science degree in computer systems via distance learning, some of which is done online (City University of Seattle).
    The degree is fully acredited.

    I spend long hard hours doing and writing research papers. Long weary hours reading thousands of pages of Information Technology and Theory. Each course final takes 2-3 hours to complete.
    As the Scripture says it is a weariness to the flesh.

    My undergraduate degree is in Bible (Literature and language). A traditional course study at Calvary Bible College and Seminary.

    I also have 2-3 years of traditional studies in engineering and mathematics.

    Goal: I would like to teach Computer Science in a Bible college.

    As the Lord leads, go for it, but expect a lot of hard work.

    HankD

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  7. Brother Adam

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    Thanks for everyone who posted. It looks like I'm going to have no other choice than to go this route since I won't be getting any financial aid for a while. I'm glad it is respectable to get your degree long distance now a days.

    John3v36- did you go to Liberty? How intense were the courses?
     
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    So, would you recommend that I not finish my degree through BCA and take the courses through Liberty? BCA isn't accredited, and that is the worst thing for me. I've been told to finish through BCA and then go for summer school at Liberty one year and get a second major for my bachelors. I'm still praying but I really would like to have accreditation.

    B.T.
     
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    Yes we know all about those degrees, don't we?

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    Rev Sam posted:
    "Yes we know all about those degrees, don't we?"

    What did you mean by that? Are you against educational degrees or against long distance education or neither. Please explain.

    Thanks

    Grover
     
  11. HankD

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    Yes, those able Anglican Church men who translated the KJ Bible from Hebrew and Greek into English all had a formal education in schools of higher learning, some had many degrees.

    We should thank the Lord for these highly educated men.

    HankD

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    Sammy Ol' Buddy Ol' Pal! I see you've found me...of course, I've made no secret that I am here, now have I? Didn't you get your degree from HYLES?

    B.T.

    :rolleyes: :eek: [​IMG]
     
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    I believe that was pointed at me. The one who stated "Yes we know all about those degrees, don't we?" is "upset" because on a different set of forums I got a "degree" from a place called "Pickle U". It's all in fun, but this person didn't like my "degree", because it involved me being able to very easily pick up on his traits in posting, and his characteristics. I had removed my "doctorate" from the bottom of my posts (In my signature line)in deference to his feelings, until he started attacking people on that forum, calling anyone who didn't agree with his King James Defender Award through his bogus "Society", "King James offenders", setting himself up as judge, jury and executioner of what is and what is not of God. Now he's decided to start making trouble here also.

    Brother, I truly do wish you'd grow up.

    B.T.

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    There was a laddie at college named Breeze,
    Weighed down with BA's and BD's.
    Said the doctor, "It's plain....
    You're killing yourself by degrees."

    Education is essentially an inner thing. A professor can dictate, and the student take note, but only the student can assimilate what he learns into his mind.

    Queen's University, in Canada, is one of the finest liberal arts university in the world. It developed a distance learning program for fully accredited degrees back in the 1940's. No one ever challenged a Queen's degree.

    Accreditation is only important when one wants to advance his learning at some schools.

    Many a man entered the pulpit with little more than a Form 6 (high school diploma) and 2 or 3 years Bible College. I think of Spurgeon, who never went to a Bible college and Oswald J. Smith and A.W. Tozer....all God fearing men and true to the word. They there was Charles Templeton, who co-founded Youth for Christ and was a close personal friend of Billy Graham, who went to Princeton Seminary and came out an agnostic.

    I am not knocking education. The Lord knows I am a strong believer in all the education one can get. I am wondering, however, why are we seeking so much education? Do we have our priorities in the right order? Is the horse pushing the cart?

    Wherever you are, be all there.

    Jim

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