- Does the online format provide the same quality of education offered by a traditional campus?
- Will my diploma specify "online" degree?
- Do you offer the same curricula and degrees as on campus?
- Is financial aid available?
- Is Philadelphia University accredited?
- How long is the program?
- How many credits and courses can I take within each eight-week module?
- Do you accept transfer credits or grant credits based on work experience and certifications?
- How much does the program cost?
- When do I start the program?
- Whom do I speak with if I have more questions or want to apply?
Q. Does the online format provide the same quality of education offered by a traditional campus?
A. Yes. Numerous studies have proven that distance learners perform as well or better than their on-campus counterparts. The No Significant Difference Phenomenon (2001, IDECC, fifth edition), by Thomas L. Russell, cites 355 research reports, papers and summaries dating back to 1928 that found no significant difference between distance learning and in-class learning. Where a difference was identified, it generally favored the distance-learning student. Visit the book's companion website http://www.nosignificantdifference.org for additional information.
Q. Will my diploma specify "online" degree?
A. No. You will receive an official, traditional diploma from Philadelphia University. Both your diploma and University transcript will be exactly the same kind as those of students who earn their degrees on campus.
Q. Is Philadelphia University accredited?
A. Yes. Philadelphia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As part of the accreditation process, an evaluation team visits our campus every 10 years to assess the extent to which we are meeting the 14 Standards for Accreditation established by the Commission. In between these visits, the University submits a Periodic Review Report to the Commission.
In 2006, Philadelphia University conducted a comprehensive internal assessment coordinated by a Steering Committee representing several campus constituencies. The result of this analysis was the Philadelphia University Self-Study. The Self-Study was submitted to the Commission and to an eight-member team of peer reviewers. This team visited our campus from April 23 to April 26, 2006.
The Philadelphia University Periodic Review Report (PRR), completed and submitted in June 2011, presents a comprehensive review of our University and its progress since the decennial self-study and re-accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 2006.
Q. How long is the program?
A. Philadelphia University Online offers eight-week accelerated modules six times per year. Typically, students take two courses per module. Depending on the number of credits being transferred, and on how many courses taken per module, a bachelor's degree can be completed in two to three years.
Q. How many credits and courses can I take within each eight-week module?
A. Typically, students take two courses per module. Depending on your personal schedule and responsibilities, you may be able to handle more than two courses per module. If you are considering enrolling in more than two courses at one time, we strongly encourage you to discuss this with one of our academic advisors.
Q. Do you accept transfer credits or grant credits based on work experience and certifications?
A. Yes. Philadelphia University Online accepts transfer credits from accredited universities. Credits based on work experience or professional certifications are decided on a case-by-case basis.
Q. Whom do I speak with if I have more questions or want to apply?
A. For all undergraduate programs please call 1-855-4-PHILAU and for all graduate programs email email@example.com or visit the http://www.philau/graduate to find out more information.
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