What is the University of Phoenix (I hear a lot about this) and does it fall into the same category as some of the other online institutions?
The University of Phoenix is one of the first traditional accredited universities to offer complete degree programs via the Internet. At University of Phoenix, you can earn a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree on campus, online, or in certain areas using a combination of both. University of Phoenix has grown to be the nation’s largest private university, specializing in the education of working adults by offering degree programs that are highly relevant, accessible, and efficient. With 163 campuses and learning centers in 33 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico and via the Internet, you can complete a degree program no matter where you live, what hours you work, or how often you travel or relocate.
The University of Phoenix is fully accredited and is recognized by CHEA – Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association (NCA).
The North Central Association (NCA) is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States (each is named after the region in which it operates-Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Western). These are the associations that grant membership to all regionally accredited educational institutions, including Harvard, Princeton and Yale. While independent of one another, the regional associations cooperate extensively and acknowledge one another's accreditation.
Some of the top rated distance learning schools in this category are: - University of Phoenix Online - Kaplan University - Capella University - AIU Online - Walden University - FMU Online - Saint Leo University - University Alliance - Kennedy Western University - Stryer University Online - Westwood College Online - The Art Institute Online