Bismarck State College '13
Majoring in Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law
Member since 12/5/2011
Limited Face to Face – I have no face to face with my peers because I am 100% online but there is a good bit of interaction on the conversation boards during the classes.
Some Glitches – Overall the courses and online campus are good. Some of the instructors are less engaged than others. The online campus occaisonally have glitches that can be a major pain. Not all the courses for the availible programs are availible online.
Online Courses – Overall the online format is good and supports a flexible schedule but there have been glitches with the online campus occaissonally creating problems. Request for support in more difficult course work like higher math is filled by an online tutoring service that is not that great. The advisor did not provide much assistance with identifying additional help to support passing the higher math so I had to work it out on my own.
Some of the courses are only offered in the spring or fall which wil put you behind a year if you can't enroll for some particular reason while you wait for it to come back up.
The school only accepts what seems like a bare minimum of transfer credits. I came in with 90 credits from an accredited school and they only granted transfer of 9 for the basic freshman level and another 6 for electives. I had to retake Eng. 110 and 120.
The energy programs have a premium cost over the routine per credit hour cost of the tradtional programs. The only way to avoid it s to join and outside energy organization or your company has o be a member of the outside organization. This is not clearly communicated at the begining.
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