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I am planning on going back to school. I have to work full time so the only option for me is Online.

Does anyone know about this college? Grantham University Online

I am looking at this degree http://www.grantham.edu/colleges-and-schools/college-of-engineering-and-computer-science/computer-science/?sfc=Y&cn=2#curriculum

What do yall think of this?

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Is it a for-profit school?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For-profit_education
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/propublica/investment-funds-stir-con_b_644736.html

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it is a for-profit university, but it is accredited. I have done quite a bit of research and they are one of the only online univerities that is both fully accreditied and offers online computer science degree. I would rather have a degree from a for-profit univerty that is accredited than a degree from a non-profit university that is not.

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What do you intend to get out of this course?

Judging by the list on that page you'll get somewhat of a decent introduction to various programming languages, but that's about as far as it goes.
With the skills learned you should be able to enter web development or application development if the company isn't too picky.
As a preparation for game programming the course is below the minimum you'll need for an entry position.
If you're lucky and their math classes are decent, it might still be worth while if you spent the rest of your free time to polish up your programming skill.

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Its between that degree or this one. I just found this one its a private non-profit univerity.

https://carina.baker.edu/MSTSTPO?DLV=U&LOCNO=&DIV=CIS&DEG=BCS&CON=CSO&CVER=2011A&VER=2011A&DIVTTL=Bachelor%20of%20Computer%20Science&PGMTTL=Computer%20Science&PGMTTL1=&OFRTTL=THIS%20PROGRAM%20IS%20OFFERED%20AT%20THE%20FOLLOWING%20BAKER%20COLLEGE%20CAMPUS%3A&CMPOFR=Online&DEPT=ONL

That looks like a better program overall. You pick up four languages, although I don't like their choice to include Visual Basic I can understand based on their program's description why they include it. Two semesters specifically on C++, a semester of C#, a full year of calculus, plus linear algebra, etc. They include several theory classes.

It is very light on the science side, heavy biased toward the trade school side, but overall still looks like a reasonable CS degree. I do not see any accreditation for CS in their list, so you may want to double-check for that program of study.

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What Accreditation should the CS program have?

Regional accreditation is the most important thing as it is given to schools that are academic focused and non-profit schools. This is imporatant if you plan on going to graduate school. National accreditation is recognized and is more vocational focused, but the standards for this accreditation are not as strict as those for regional. A lot of game design schools such as Full Sail and DigiPen are nationally accredited. The issue you'll run into with national accredited schools is if you plan to transfer or go to graduate school. You'll always be locked into other nationally accredited schools with very little chance of attending a regionally accredited one. ABET accreditation is program specific and geared towards engineering and technology majors. ABET accreditation is typically only found at brick-and-mortar schools. ABET isn't a "killer" if you're looking at CS / technology programs; however, an engineering program (CmpEng, etc.) that isn't ABET accredited should be avoided. By the way, Grantham is only national accredited (not regional or ABET).

It all comes down to if you plan on transferring later or going to graduate school. What's your plan?

Check it out: http://www.online.co...l-accreditation. Edited by Cod

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What Accreditation should the CS program have?

The trick is comparing the difference between a school that is accredited and a program of study that is accredited.

On their web site they announce that the school is accredited, and that their business programs are accredited. That is curious to me because generally ALL the programs, not just some of them, should meed those standards.

That doesn't mean anything in particular, schools can lose a subject accredidation just by not having enough dead-tree books on the topic in their library. It isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it does give something to ask about.

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