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Strayer University

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Perfect for the working adult
Program: Bachelors in Information Systems
Posted on April 29, 2009 by Current Strayer Student

I have been going to Strayer Online for 2 years now to finish the degree I started oh-so-many-years-ago before I got married. So far here is what I can contribute based on my experience:

1. I don't use their financial aid but I get reimbursed by my company to go. My company only pays for classes at accredited universities. My company has never turned down my reimbursement for a Strayer class.

2. All of my ODU & TCC credits transferred over to Strayer with no problems at all.

3. I have had very good professors. Most have their PH.D's and all have their Master's degrees.

4. I have only had one professor which didn't communicate that well. They were traveling quite a bit for their "real" job and that was causing slow responses.

5. Several other IS & IT professionals in my line of work have or are going for Strayer Degrees. They are all well received for doing so & not looked down upon for using Strayer. ECPI and the like are looked down upon in that industry.

6. Yes the books are expensive. I resolve that by getting mine on Craig's List or Ebay. I on average save 50% - 75% or more for my books this way. Then if I don't need the book anymore I sell it to another student at a reasonable cost to help them save $$ as well.

7. The classes are challenging to me - not impossible but challenging. I have a 4.0 GPA & will be finishing my BSIS this time next year. These classes wouldn't be easy to an 18 year old freshman like they would be for a 40 year old IT specialist.

8. Strayer is one of the only universities (online or otherwise) that offers IA concentrations for their degrees - homeland security, Security administration, criminal justice, etc.

9. Yep the classes are expensive but so is setting up the online portion of these courses. Have you been to any type of certification training classes lately? They run several thousands of $$$$ for a week .... and they don't give you college credit either.

No, I don't think Strayer is perfect .... none of them are. I had more administrative issues with ODU that I have with Strayer.

Here's what I think the difference might be: I am an older adult (almost 40) and have 20 years of work force experience. I need this degree to progress to the next level at my company. My work experience and resume already speak for the rest of my experience. Strayer *specifically states* that they cater to working adults - like me!

If you are fresh out of high school I don't think Strayer is a good option for you. Why? Well first self discipline and time management. Those skills come with age & practice. The isolation that the online courses produce can be bad for younger people.

I will be glad when my Strayer degree is done & darn proud I got it!!!
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