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So if you're unfamiliar just do a web search for the term "degree backing"

"Headline" here is you can take tests and get college credit for things you already know (or can quickly cram)

So you can get a bachelors degree in a few months instead of four years for instance (they limit how many credits you can get from testing out but in many cases thr only online "class" you absolutely need to take is a single capstone)

So as it stands you have about half a fozen major playets in this space but I feel like an opportunity exists for a more focused approach , a more affordable option and an option that not only gives you the needed piece of paper to play the slow lane game but also a functional skillset.

To expand on that need a little , right now the cheapest option is univetsity of the people but it had the lesser of the "accreditation" (national vs regional) , it also has vague rules on transfering in test out credits and its own offered coursrs are still semester based (slow)

The other options (thomas edison state , excelsior etc) still charge a.decent chunk of change per credit (500+ dollars) , so here i'm thinking , could you half that and still turn a profit? , you don't want to compete on.price of.course but it can't hurt!

Quality wise , they offer lots of vague degree formats "business admin" , maybe computer programming but - given how much really high quality programmer training is available for free (and the value of that skillset) it seems likr a shame not to incorporate that into the curriculum (another idea would be to modify the business curriculum to incorporate some pragmatic sales skills etc) , I mean , the concept is just a legitimized degree mill while society still burns through the need to have that accomplishment just to get a job bit while were at it why wouldnt you actually give some quality knowledge that wont just be crammed and forgotten?

So I think the major bottleneck is transcript review and the initial roadblock to start is the resources or time needed to be accredited.

Decent coursework that lets people pick up a skill or good idea on the way is the easy part.
 

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To expand on that need a little , right now the cheapest option is univetsity of the people but it had the lesser of the "accreditation" (national vs regional) , it also has vague rules on transfering in test out credits and its own offered coursrs are still semester based (slow).

I'm not really sure why you mention University of the People here, as they don't fit your very definition of "degree hacking": they only run traditional 2-year and 4-year degree programs on a semester basis and they don't give any "credit for life experience".

Sure, you can accelerate your program by taking more than the required course load, but then you can do that even in traditional brick-and-mortar colleges, and I don't think that's what you meant by "degree hacking".

And UoP isn't only cheap, they're free for the most part. Tuition is 100% free (automatic, no application necessary), and all they have is $120/course for exam proctoring and assessment. But even this is almost always covered by grants and scholarships. I run a hobby "Study Abroad" site, and I've helped more than a dozen people enrol at UoP (one has graduated)... and every single one of them had funding to cover these per course exam proctoring and assessment fees (from Microsoft, US Embassy, Hoffmann, etc).

So I think the major bottleneck is transcript review and the initial roadblock to start is the resources or time needed to be accredited.

No, the real bottleneck is getting accreditated at all, not the time needed to get it... especially as UoP's DEAC accreditation, which is recognized by both CHEA and the Department of Education, doesn't seem to be good enough for you.
 

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