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 BA in 4 Weeks

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Copyright   Lawrie Miller  1997 - 2004













"I currently have a  a.a. degree in general studies. Will these credits transfer. I am a licensed realtor and i am required to take ce courses. I currently have over 130 ce credits in the last year, will any of these count toward my degree."




Assuming your AA degree is regionally accredited, it should transfer in full. If any of your realty certifications are ACE evaluated, they too may transfer. You would have to contact the colleges to check. COSC, Excelsior, and (I think) TESC, give at least a partial listing of ACE evaluated certifications they will accept on their web sites or in their catalogs. Note though that such credentials would likely transfer as applied/professional credit, if accepted at all.


It may also be possible to portfolio credit some certifications and/or licenses that are not ACE evaluated. You would have to talk to the colleges directly. Of the three schools, my experience is that COSC is the most friendly, and they may do a free unofficial phone evaluation for you, if you send them your transcripts. The other two institutions are probably going to want you to enroll first, before they will evaluate your credit. Worth a call to see, though.


The 800 numbers where they exist, can be found on the web sites of the colleges, else the call will be on your dime. Note if your intention is a degree in Business, only Excelsior and TESC offer a named major in the discipline. That is, the diplomas [and transcripts] say "Bachelor of Science in General Business", or "Bachelor of Science in Business Administration". The COSC degree is a BA or BA in General Studies with a specialization in Business. This may or may not matter to you, but it is as well you are made aware.


Good luck















"I just had a question regarding your diploma. Does The University of the State of New York issue the degree for Excelsior (Regents)? I assume that the other state assessment colleges you list at your website issue their own or the State does. Hope you can answer my question. Very helpful site. "



At one time degrees were conferred directly by the University of the State of New York (USNY). My first bachelor degree was conferred by USNY. The name of the University appears on the diploma, with no mention of the administering college (the then, Regents College).


The last conferral date for USNY degrees was 24 April 1998. After that date, Regents College, which had earlier separated from USNY, and was now an independent college, conferred its own degrees. Thus from May 1998 until the renaming of Regents College as Excelsior College, degree diplomas were conferred in the name "Regents College" with reference to it's source of authority as being the University of the State of New York (add to that the redundant billing, "Member of the University of the State of New York"). This is sure to be confusing to some.


USNY is also effectively the Department of Education of New York State, and it is true that all degree granting institutions operate under its auspices. However, I doubt that SUNY or Columbia, or NYU, feel it necessary to include such direct and pervasive reference to USNY on their diplomas.


Excelsior College diplomas are, in every respect except name, identical to Regents College diplomas. Their diplomas therefore carry the same references to USNY. Those less charitable than you or I, might wonder if Excelsior College would continue to carry the same bold titling if "The University of the State of New York", were tomorrow to be more accurately renamed  the "State Education Department for New York"


The other two assessment colleges COSC and TESC, are part of their respective state systems, unlike Excelsior College, which is, as mentioned previously, now a private institution. If memory serves, the diplomas of both these state institutions make direct reference to state authority vis-à-vis degree conferral.


Liberal Arts degrees with concentration by convention, have no major listed on the diploma. Degrees with a named major, have the discipline of the major  noted on the diploma. Were you to earn the current Excelsior Liberal Arts degree with concentration, it would appear without reference to the concentration. Where honors have been awarded, a gold bar is present to the left of the title of the degree. Hope that's clear.


Final observation would be that utility wise, I've hawked these degrees round a number of graduate institutions both foreign and domestic (in search of suitable graduate programs) and no school, so far, has batted an eye. All have accepted these regionally accredited credentials apparently without reservation.








As of 1 January 2003, Excelsior College (nee Regents College of the University of the State of New York), began awarding degrees in the Liberal Arts program, with named majors. That is to say, the specialization of the degree, formerly designated a “concentration”, is now deemed to be a full-blown major. For example, the degree, BA or BS with concentration in (say) Psychology, is now awarded as a “Bachelor of Arts in Psychology” or “Bachelor of Science in Psychology”.


Note that nothing has changed in respect of degree requirements. Only the degree designation has changed. Both the degree diploma and the student transcript reflect the change and carry the new degree title.


This is no small deal.





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