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AnOminusCowHerd writes: I have an Associates degree in programming and systems analysis, and over a decade of experience in the field. I work primarily as a contractor, so I'm finding a new job/contract every year or two. And every year, it gets harder to convince potential employers/clients that 10-12 years of hands-on experience doing what they need done, trumps an additional 2 years of general IT education.

So, I'd like to get a Bachelor's degree (preferably IT-related, ideally CS, accredited of course). If I can actually learn something interesting and useful in the process, that would be a perk, but mainly, I just want a BSCS to add to my resume. I would gladly consider something like the new GA Tech MOOC-based MSCS degree program — in fact, I applied there, and was turned down. After the initial offering, they rewrote the admissions requirements to spell out the fact that only people with a completed 4-year degree would be considered, work experience notwithstanding.
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  • The University of Wisconsin [wisconsin.edu] has something called a flex degree where you can, as they advertise, "earn credit for what you know":

    You may draw upon your existing knowledge to complete assessments and make progress toward your degree. It does not matter where you gained your knowledge—from prior courses, work experience, military training, or other learning experiences. If you know it and can show it, you can use it to earn credit.

    I'm sure other universities may offer something similar.

    • If an institution offers large amounts of credit by examination, check its accreditation carefully. A lot of institutions that claim to specialize in credit by examination are in fact diploma mills [wikipedia.org] with no intent of becoming accredited by a CHEA-approved accrediting agency.

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