Top 3 Alternatives To Traditional College Degrees

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Before the World Wide Web, earning an alternative college degree meant you had accumulated an assortment of college-level assessments, correspondence credits, prior learning assessments (stuff you learned outside of a college classroom), and traditional college credits. Degree options were limited and inflexible.

Fast forward to today. Options such as do-it-yourself degrees, 100 percent online programs and working professional programs offer unparalleled flexibility.

Top 3 Alternatives To Traditional College Degrees

  1. Do-It-Yourself Degrees

    This option works best for students pursuing a business degree; i.e., a degree with no lab requirements. You earn your degree by taking tests. Rather than enrolling in Psychology 101, you study on your own and take an exam covering a semester’s worth of material.

    You can potentially save thousands of dollars and accelerate your degree by a couple of years. For more information, search for “do-it-yourself college degrees” in a search engine. Be forewarned: out of all the alternative degree options, this option requires the most discipline. There is no structure other than the structure you impose upon yourself.

  2. One Hundred Percent Online Degrees

    This degree option allows students to earn a degree over the Internet. Campus attendance is unnecessary, but students may occasionally visit campus for administrative reasons. Some online schools, however, are structured so that students never have to visit campus, save for graduation.

    Written discussion replaces the face-to-face interaction that occurs in a traditional class, and some online courses incorporate video chats. More and more colleges include the costs of e-texts (digital versions of traditional print textbooks) in their tuition fees so students don’t have to purchase textbooks.

    The premier advantage of an online degree program is the flexibility of attending class at your own convenience. Instead of fighting rush-hour traffic you log on to your computer whenever you wish.

    If obtaining an entire degree online seems daunting, you can test the waters by taking one course. I recommend you type “self-paced online college courses” in a search engine to identify possibilities.

  3. Working Professional Degree Programs

    These intensive programs are designed for the mature student who works full-time, has significant professional experience and desires to obtain a degree. Offered at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level, these full-time degree programs offer flexible scheduling and require limited in-class participation.

    An example of a post-professional level program is the doctor of nursing practice at Students complete distance-learning studies from their hometowns and attend campus face-to-face modules.

As you can see, the alternatives to a traditional college are exciting. If you desire a college degree or have postponed your advanced degree, you can achieve your dream with perseverance and commitment.

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