April 17, 2007, 8:56 pm

Earn My Degree.com: The Emergiblog Review

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If you have decided to look into online nursing programs, Earn My Degree.com is an excellent place to start.

Earn My Degree.com requested this review and I have been compensated for writing it. As always, Earn My Degree.com does not know the content of the review until it is posted. Given my enthusiasm for online learning, I was happy to provide a review of the site.

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The link provided takes you directly to the list of online nursing degree programs. Other degree programs are visible by clicking on the left sidebar.

The site is actually a portal for nine different universities.

The programs of each university are listed. Some universities offer certificate programs in addition to their RN-to-BSN or MSN programs, something I did not know before.

There are brief descriptions of each university and each degree/certificate program, but there is very little actual information on what each program requires.

You must contact the universities directly to obtain substantial information about the programs.

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This is not, however, a negative aspect of the site. It is what it is: a way to learn about which universities are offering programs and links that allow you to send in for additional information.

While the list is obviously not a comprehensive overview of every online program available, the nine universities listed give you a good idea about what is out there in the field of online nursing education, which makes Earn My Degree.com a good initial resource when you are looking for an online nursing program.

4 Comments

  • Wendy, G.N.
    Wendy, G.N.

    April 18, 2007 at 6:46 am

    Woo hoo! I’m first!

    Thanks for that information, Kim! I am going to be looking into an online format to continue my education, and other than University of Phoenix, which has decided it necessary to email me 17 times a day, I was not aware of an easy way to find online programs.

    W. 🙂


  • Airway Control
    Airway Control

    April 18, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Kim, I’m going to preface this by saying I think you write very well, offer great insights into nursing and clearly put a lot of time into your blog, which is exceptional.

    That said, I think you should be more careful about this ad sales scheme you’re using. I think this latest “entry” compromises your integrity. earnmydegree.com is clearly a sham, a front for some of the most disreputable online programs available. For those of you who do not know, these so-called universities and colleges are considered base by an overwhelming majority of academics and academic organizations. They impose strict guidlines on their instructors for “teaching” the courses, and mete out swift and severe punishment to instructors who stray from those guidlines in an attempt to improve the course and material (in an effort to make it more intellectually rigorous and creative).

    These so-called universities pay there instructors a pittance, restrict, free and critical thinking, and make huge profits in doing so. They endeavor not to build upon the institution of academia and all its noble efforts, but to profit from it. And you are helping them. Of course, most, if not all universities must turn a profit to continue, but most offer a classroom (real or internet) that invites critical debate and creative thinking; most provide real pay and real benefits to their staff and faculty; most respect the institution. These shams of academia do not. I would sooner attend my local community college and attack the academics there with curiosity, debate, and vigor, than pour my money into a sham business that offers something “easier to obtain.”

    For your reader’s out there who are interested in alternative methods of education, I suggest you visit your local community college or university and inquire about the different possibilities for learning, classroom, distance, internet, or otherwise. I assure you, you will benefit greatly from what you find there.

    Here is a link to a website for searching all types of nursing programs from a comprehensive list of schools:

    All Nursing Schools

    And some articles on the web:

    NY Times article on The University of Phoenix

    A personal website about University of Phoenix (very negative)

    The Chronicle of Higher Edication (The most respected journal for academics in higher education, article on Kaplan University)

    Finally, Kim, I’m asking that you remove this “review.” It does a disservice to those in nursing who seek to better themselves academically and in their careers. And that is counter to your purpose, I believe.

    Sincerely,
    AC


  • Kim
    Kim

    April 18, 2007 at 10:45 am

    Hi AC!

    I’m going to post this answer on the blog, too.

    I was asked to review a site, based on what was on the site. I’m reviewing the site and not the schools – that is the purview of the person who chooses to obtain more information about the schools.

    I was very clear about what the site was about – a portal to nine different universities. That’s all.
    I said it was a place to start, not the be all and end all of online programs.

    There are a lot of accusations in your letter regarding these programs. I must say that Gonzaga University is hardly a fly-by-night operation. However, the links provided seem to be about the University of Phoenix and Kaplan University and I will be reading them. But I was not asked to review the online programs of the UOP and Kaplan! I was asked to review a site.

    I wasn’t asked to expound on the virtues of the online programs offered. Who am I to tell someone else which university or online program they should research? I said the site was a portal and that is exactly what it is!

    I am hurt, badly, by the “ad sales scheme” comment. I am not a part of any ad sales scheme. Through reviewme.com, I am asked to review sites on occasion (not daily) and I am very particular about the sites I choose. I have no problem with giving any site a good slam when required. If I think a site is a sham, I don’t even review it.

    I am always up front about the fact that I am compensated for the review and I feel that my credibility and ethics have been questioned

    I don’t think this site is a sham. Your opinion on the universities using the site, however, is well taken and will be good for those looking into online programs to hear.

    I appreciate your links to the articles (I will be reading them), believe me. I want to know about this as much as anyone!

    But I will not be taking down a post that is honest in its assessment of a physical internet site.

    Kim


  • Airway Control
    Airway Control

    April 18, 2007 at 11:35 am

    KIm, It’s true that the site is a mere portal to the “universities” in question. I agree. However, it is a portal to some disreputable organizations. earnmydegree.com is complicit in that it represents these schools. And I think that by reviewing the site “as is” without delving into its content, and recommending that others visit this site, is wrong. You claim that you are merely reviewing the site (sterilely) — this button leads you here, here is a list, etc. — but your supposed unbias isn’t even that. You state:

    “While the list is obviously not a comprehensive overview of every online program available, the nine universities listed give you a good idea about what is out there in the field of online nursing education.”

    That is a pretty positive affirmation for the content, which you previously stated was not what you were reviewing. How do you know “the nine universities listed give you a good idea about what is out there”?

    Let me put it to you like this. What if one of your impressionable readers pays for one of these programs, gains little from it, and ends up wasting his or her money. Of course you didn’t force him or her to do it, but would you feel good about it?

    Finally, I did contact someone at Gonzaga University in an attempt to verify that it was indeed the same Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. I spoke to the Organizational Leadership Program Chair Dr. Michael Carey, who heads that program and its online endeavors. He assured me it was the same Gonzaga University. However, when I mentioned that I came across Gonzaga’s online site on a webpage that also listed Kaplan University and Phoenix University along side his own, he chuckled audibly and stated that that was an issue they are trying to resolve, that they didn not like the fact that Gonzaga was grouped with those two programs.

    I have not researched the remaining programs covered by earnmydegree.com.

    Sincerely,
    AC


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