General FAQs

  • 1. Is online study effective as classroom study?
  • 2. Is DEAC accreditation equal to “regional” accreditation?
  • 3. Will I be able to transfer courses completed in the Program to other colleges or universities?
  • 4. Is there a need to come to the University?
  • 5. I don’t have a lot of computer knowledge. Will I have difficulty completing the assignments?
  • 6. How many hours does it take to complete a course?

1. Is online study effective as classroom study?

Yes, and in many cases even more effective. In May 2009, the United States Department of Education released a report that looked at 12 years’ worth of education studies, and found that online learning has clear advantages over face-to-face instruction. The study, “An Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies,” stated that “students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.”

2. Is DEAC accreditation equal to “regional” accreditation?

In every measurable way, yes! DEAC accreditation is just as valid as any regional accreditation, and the Secretary of Education has officially recognized DEAC since 1959 and by the Council for Higher Education and its predecessors since 1975. DEAC accreditation meets the precisely same standards as the regionals, and have vastly more experience and tougher, more stringent standards for distance learning than any other agency in the U.S.

3. Will I be able to transfer courses completed in the Program to other colleges or universities?

In the United States, the acceptance of transfer credits between institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university taking into account such factors as course content, date completed, grades, and accreditation. In spite of the view of the U.S. Department of Education that all accreditation recognition is equal, some institutions have very restrictive policies for accepting transfer credit. If you plan to transfer credits earned at Taft University, or enroll in another program at a later date, you are urged to check with the other institution(s) before enrollment in the Program.

4. Is there a need to come to the University?

No. Academic and administrative procedures are carefully designed so that students can complete coursework entirely through directed independent study, without unreasonably disrupting their professional and family lives. Students may elect to take examinations at over 250 approved testing sites. If a testing site is not convenient to a student, procedures are in place for the student to nominate a proctor.

5. I don’t have a lot of computer knowledge. Will I have difficulty completing the assignments?

Computer requirements are detailed in the General Catalog. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows® and Word® is necessary to complete the assignments. Internet access is necessary to access the courses and the library. An e-mail address is necessary to effectively communicate with University personnel and fellow students. If you have no computer experience, enrollment in one-day courses in Windows®, Word®, and the Internet, such as those offered by New Horizons and other companies, will provide the necessary computer skills to complete the assignments.

6. How many hours does it take to complete a course?

The amount of time it will take an individual to complete a given course will vary depending upon the background of the individual. For most individuals the amount of time necessary to complete a course will approximate the amount of time students in a classroom program covering the same subject.

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