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College from Home

October 15, 2008
Glasses, books, notebook, and pen.

For decades now, my parents have thought outside the box regarding my education. I’m a homeschool graduate and incredibly thankful that my dad and mom stood against the cultural norm of public school and followed the Lord to give me the most godly, biblically-sound education they knew how.

What saddens me these days, however, is that thousands of Christian homeschooling parents are sending their kids off to college campuses for five or six years to fit into a university system that is morally corrupt and economically disastrous for the next generation of God’s people. In fact, current statistics show that around 70% of Christian freshman will walk away from God after they graduate. Although we might wonder how many of these people were truly believers to begin with, the reality remains that these people may be forever lost to hearing any spiritual truth the rest of their lives.

On top of this, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, families pay anywhere from $41,000 to $107,000 on their degrees, leaving students, on average, $21,000 in debt. And that’s not all—other statistics suggest that 80% of people that major in a field end up doing something entirely different from what they majored in.

Some have looked at these trends and concluded that college is completely a waste of time and money and that it just simply puts their kids at too much risk. I agree with that assessment. I’ve spent time on college campuses, and I know that the perversion taking place openly in the classroom is bad enough, let alone the depravity that students engage in secretly. Christians just don’t need to be in that ungodly atmosphere unless it’s absolutely necessary to complete the degree God has called them to.

I’m excited that there’s another option for higher education than the local college or university. Here’s my story.

I’ve been interested in writing and communications for years and soon after I finished a Bible school program, I worked as an editorial assistant for a small Christian publishing company. Because I enjoyed the work so much, I thought that I’d stay on there for years. Then it hit me—God was calling me to something different. I wanted to be a writer and the Lord made it clear that completing an English degree would do wonders for my writing skills and creativity.

I didn’t have the time or the money to do college like millions of teenagers do every year. I was already 25 and living on my own, and taking out thousands of dollars in college loans was simply out of the question. I didn’t want to be saddled with debt for decades after my education ended, so I started looking around for an alternative.

Now, I didn’t have to look far before I heard about a process called “credit by exam” that would enable me to take tests that counted for college credit. Credit by exam allowed me to study college level courses at my own pace and then take a CLEP or DANTES exam that would give me between 3 and 12 credits if I passed it. Instead of sitting through hours of humanistic instruction from atheistic professors, I studied from the comfort of my own home and, on average, completed semester-long courses in a few days or weeks. For instance, I passed the Spanish CLEP test that counts for 12 credits, completing 10% of my entire degree in one exam.

These days, a lot of people are using CLEP exams to get college credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom. However, many families are electing for someone to guide them through their children’s degree process. I used a Christian coaching service called CollegePlus! that assigned a coach to me and mapped out my entire template so I knew from the outset every exam and course I would need to take to complete my degree and how to study for them. In fact, my entire English degree cost under $10,000!

Additionally, I completed my studies and coursework in less than a year. That’s 120 credits, an entire bachelor’s degree, in 49 weeks since I didn’t transfer in a single credit when I started studying. All this in fewer than 12 months, a process that takes the traditional college student five to six years to complete. In fact, I believe in CollegePlus! so much that I went to work for them full time after I graduated.

Best of all, these degrees are fully regionally accredited (the highest form of accreditation in America). Grads who have used this process are confidently entering the workforce or are going on to grad schools at the school of their choice. Even more radically, many homeschoolers are using these proven accelerated distance learning methods and are even combining high school and college together earning their entire bachelor’s degree by age 18!

Completing a distance learning degree just makes sense. As one university professor said recently, the college system is broken. He’s not the only one to see this—other professors actually encourage their children to avoid the college campus where they teach in favor of distance learning. Even they see that it’s logical for homeschoolers to finish their degree in high school, intern or work for a few years while living at home, and then go on to a master’s degree, if their chosen career field requires graduate school training. Incidentally, more employers than ever want their prospective employees to have a master’s degree because so many applicants these days have already completed their bachelor’s level training.

Now more than ever parents need to be concerned about their children’s education instead of leaving it in the hands of unbelieving college professors. Thankfully, because of the technology that has been developed in recent decades, kids don’t need to be exposed to the moral depravity festering on the typical college campus. They can complete their degrees from home, under their parents’ nurturing authority. These days, no one needs to settle for completing higher education the world’s way.

Shawn is public relations manager at CollegePlus! To learn more about the growing trend of students who are combining high school and college, visit Distance Learning to get a free e-book and audio download on distance learning. Also, when requesting information use promo code NGJ08 for a special discount.

Editor’s Note: Shawn is the middle son of Mel Cohen, our General Manager.

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7 comments on “College from Home”

  1. I really do not appreciate how you depict college professors. You speak as if an atheist is a horrible person that is not capable of teaching any subject. An atheist can be a very kind and loving person. Sitting through hours listening to an expert in a field, I can say from experience, is the best possible way to be taught accurately and feed the curious mind. These experts, regardless of what there belief or lack thereof is, can answer questions and teach in a way no book or the internet can do. Do you think it is possible to have an intelligent conversation with an atheist?

  2. This article is troubling to me as a graduate from a state university where I was taught by Christians and non-Christians alike because I came out the other side with my faith intact and with excellent training so that I have moved on to medical school and I am enjoying it just as much as my undergraduate training. Characterizing all professors as godless atheists is simply inaccurate in my experience and I find it difficult to believe that my perspective is unique. Another aspect of this article that is hard for me to swallow is the idea that an extremely accelerated online course is as valuable as a semester's worth of lecture, study, projects, papers, etc. The kind of knowledge that develops when you take expert lectures and add independent reading and study plus application through projects and papers over time (that is most important) is far superior and more lasting than a stripped down, accelerated online course. Certainly the kind of understanding that is absolutely required in advanced fields, such an engineering and medicine, cannot be obtained online. Finally it is frustrating to read about how morally corrupt college campuses are when in fact this whole world is completely corrupted and filled with sin. There is no safe place to hide from sin so the idea that being isolated at home is a safe guard against sin flies in the face of Jeremiah 17:9-

  3. I think that its great to be able to accelerate obtaining college credits while still in high school & be able to allow other options to those who need to save money by doing courses on line. I also believe that statistically, on the whole, colleges are a tough place to be. Yes sin is in the whole world & our hearts are deceitfully wicked, but we thank God for He has provided a way for our escape & for all things to become new. Sin no longer reigns in us, but we certainly can allow it to 'get to us'. It is the "influences" that we must try to avoid. I applaud Hannah above for being strong in faith & making it through college unharmed. And yes,..I'm sure she isn't alone. However, I do believe that the statistics show & prove otherwise. Before salvation, I was part of the party crowd when I went to college, so I know first hand. Just recently a Ball State University (Muncie, IN) student died from choking on his own vomit because he was under the influence of drugs & alcohol. I am a Mother now, and I will do all I can to protect my children. Yes, they need to learn to deal with the sin in the world & I am teaching them to do so, ~ to boldly stand against it. I live it before them daily by example. Still, I before send them out to fend for themselves, I find it in better judgment to save them from what I can as they continue to grow & mature to one day battle it alone. Here are the from

  4. Kids will walk away from God because they are at the age where they are able to consider there own beliefs without the pressure of having to conform to their parent's beliefs. Also, there are many, many, many Professors who are believers. College is a place to learn how to be an adult and expand one's mind.

  5. Correct Grey. A distance learning degree is a ridiculous notion. You may well complete all the work but you won't debate the issues, you won't hear difference in perspectives- just your own and a text book or two. There's a whole world out there and if you've been raised according to the example of the Pearls I can pretty well assure you that you have already suffered more pain than you will on the "outside".

  6. I'm afraid that I have to disagree w/ this article, I'm a christian myself and I would not have gotten my bachelors degree any other way but a public college. From collaborating w/ others of different backgrounds and beliefs other than my own, it taught me to respect others and it helped me to broaden my horizons and see that my way is not the only way of thinking. It does not even have to be religious, but in government and sociology classes, we debated and discussed a lot and it was nice to hear other peoples views on subjects, versus the online class where all you have are you and a text book. Not to mention, most places of business actually look down on degrees from these stripped down accelerated online colleges. If someone truly becomes an atheist or walks away from God because of an atheist professor, then they were not really strong in their faith to begin with. If you would walk away from God after entering college, then that says something about you, not the students or professors. I got my bachelors degree from a public university and I'm currently getting my masters degree at the same university. My masters program is mostly hybrid (online w/ some periodic classroom meetings), however, we still have interaction w/ the professors and other peers. I'm sorry but, a stripped down, rushed online class in my experience is no where near as beneficial as a semester of projects, collaboration, discussion, and hands-on work. I'll take field experience and group work over a week long class any day.