1. Everglades University

Everglades University began to come into being after Arthur and Belinda Keiser purchased American Flyers College in 1998. One year later, the college was renamed Everglades College. This first renaming of the institution coincided with its relocation to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The college offered its first Master's Degrees in 2003, and changed its name to Everglades University. As of 2010, Everglades University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The university operates as a non profit entity and awards bachelor and master degrees. Several degree programs are available as 100 percent online as options for those looking for convenience in their schooling.

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The Good

  • Transparency with Tuition and Fees
  • Unique Degree Programs Available

Transparency with Tuition and Fees

Everglades University is thorough in explaining its practices, policies, tuition, and fees. The university discloses fully the various fees that a student can expect during their enrollment. Everglades University presents this information to its prospective and current students in ways that allow them (the site visitor) to quickly access information.

Unique Degree Programs Available

There are several degrees that lend well to online learning, and as such, the availability of these programs is one of the areas that BestCompany.com uses to measure online degree programs, however; Everglades University offers programs that are not among the core programs offered by online universities.

Everglades University offers Bachelor of Science Degrees online for the following fields:

  • Alternative Medicine
  • Alternative and Renewable Energy Management
  • Aviation/Aerospace
  • Business Administration
  • Construction Management
  • Crisis and Disaster Management
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Hospitality Management
  • International Business
  • Land and Energy Management
  • Surveying Management

The University offers the following Master's Degrees:

  • Aviation Science
  • Business Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public Health Administration

The Bad

  • No Online Associate or Doctoral Degrees Available
  • Lack of Several Online Degree Programs
  • No Credit for Work Experience
  • Tuition is Identical for On-Campus and Online Classes

No Online Associate or Doctoral Degrees Available

Several of the top universities offering online degree programs offer a wider range of degrees and/or certificate programs than Everglades University. The institution only offers Bachelor of Science and Master's Degrees in its online portfolio, limiting its students' choices.

Lack of Several Online Degree Programs

As stated earlier, many degrees yield to an online option better than others. Often found in a university's online programs are degrees in nursing, psychology, computer science, and education. Everglades University does not offer any of these programs online or at one of its brick-and-mortar campuses.

No Credit for Work Experience

Many of those who consider pursuing an online degree are considered nontraditional students. For obvious reasons, the appeal of being able to enroll in classes with the ability to be flexible around work and family demands is appealing. Many of these individuals may have logged considerable practical time in the field which they are pursuing, bringing an added depth of their knowledge base. Most of the leading online universities offer students the ability to shorten their enrollment via credit for their work experience, which is often exhibited by the student scoring a passing grade on an examination. This options saves time and money for students. Everglades University does not offer work experience credit for its students.

Tuition is Identical for On-Campus and Online Classes

The difference in cost between a degree earned at a traditional brick-and-mortar institution and one that operates strictly online is the perception that online degrees are always less expensive. Some exploration by experts suggest that there are more hidden fees for the added technology costs associated when students are enrolled in online classes. As a general rule, the tuition costs for online programs varies from that of traditional course delivery. This is not the case with Everglades University.

The Bottom Line

Everglades University is very transparent with its fees and policies. The University offers several programs that are typically not found available from online degree programs. While the university has some limitations and reasons that could cause prospective students not to seriously consider submitting an application. These reasons are those that do not differ much from other institutions, primarily that the university does not offer the program that a prospective student in which the prospective student is interested.

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