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    Quote Originally posted by CharlatanUK
    I've spent a lot of time looking at online programs, and I would say that UK programs club American programs like steel pipe to baby seal. Check out the University of London's external programs. They're top-notch, about $10,000 (despite the pound) cheaper than anything I've seen in the States, and they're affiliated with the University of London. It may be snobbish to say, but I would think a diploma branded University of London carries more clout than one branded University of Phoenix.
    If you've spent loads of time looking at online programmes and all you could find was U of Phoenix, perhaps your idea of "a lot of time" is a few minutes! The US is "of the money, by the money, and for the money" which allows the average US academic institution to spend more on resources including faculty. Ultimately it's the quality of the programme that makes a difference, not so much the brand.

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    Quote Originally posted by The One
    You must not have been reading the Economist for the last five years.....Englands Higher Education System has been in a economic shambles for a long time...... What you speak of seems to be a hold over from many years back.....
    Interesting. Can you post a link, or refer me to an article? I'd like to see what they have to say.

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    Quote Originally posted by CharlatanUK
    Interesting. Can you post a link, or refer me to an article? I'd like to see what they have to say.
    Here are some links to articles from The Economist. Unfortunately, you have to pay up in order to read the whole story online. However, any university library will have this stocked. [I think it is worth the subscription though...]

    Basically, the articles mostly discuss the anitquated structure of universities like Oxford, the massive funding problems for pretty much every university other than Oxford, rampant grade inflation, inadequate governmental support... The British in particular have received a lot of criticism for turning into cheap diploma factories (or at least creating that perception). Their failure to adequately modernize to compete seems to be a favorite target in several articles.

    Back to the main subject though...

    The thread MZ linked to discusses several different programs, as I recall.

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

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    Thanks....

    Quote Originally posted by Suburb Repairman
    Here are some links to articles from The Economist. Unfortunately, you have to pay up in order to read the whole story online. However, any university library will have this stocked. [I think it is worth the subscription though...]

    Basically, the articles mostly discuss the anitquated structure of universities like Oxford, the massive funding problems for pretty much every university other than Oxford, rampant grade inflation, inadequate governmental support... The British in particular have received a lot of criticism for turning into cheap diploma factories (or at least creating that perception). Their failure to adequately modernize to compete seems to be a favorite target in several articles.

    Back to the main subject though...

    The thread MZ linked to discusses several different programs, as I recall.

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650

    http://www.economist.com/research/ar...jectid=2133650
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    Are there any online planning degrees accredited by the American Planning Association? The Community and Economic Development Certificate from Penn State seems to resemble a portion of an accredited planning degree.

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    Jeff - if what you are looking for is being a registered LA, you can take their exam without an accredited degree - you have to work in the field for 7 (I think) years and be sponsored by a registered LA

    I'm thinking of doing a master's online but I'm afraid the elitists in my town won't accept it - so I may do it one class at a time at a state university about an hour away

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    Jeff - if what you are looking for is being a registered LA, you can take their exam without an accredited degree - you have to work in the field for 7 (I think) years and be sponsored by a registered LA

    I'm thinking of doing a master's online but I'm afraid the elitists in my town won't accept it - so I may do it one class at a time at a state university about an hour away
    I may have to do that too for my MUP... it will probably take 6 years!!!

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