Choosing a school is a very important decision that should be made with care. Beware of misleading advertising about an educational opportunity that sounds too good to be true. It most likely is not a legitimate degree. As consumers, students should thoroughly investigate the options available to them before making a decision. Students invest hard work, time and money in their education and expect that education to pay-off in employment, career enhancement, and/or a career change. The information provided below can help with that decision-making process.
Finding a School
The state of Kansas offers several ways to help locate a Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) approved school. Enclosed is a listing of schools approved by KBOR. To help ensure schools selected will not disappoint, consider the following:
Click here to learn more about institutions in Kansas. Once you have identified potential schools, you will want to request school catalogs and/or access to that information on-line. This information will define the workings of the school and outline the courses of instruction offered. As you learn about the schools and their programs, ask yourself the following:
It is also good to check with any agency in the state of Kansas where a license is required to verify that the education you are considering will meet their license requirements. If you want to be a certified teacher, call the Kansas Department of Education 785-296-8012; for nursing call the Kansas Board of Nursing 785-296-4929, etc.
Enrollment Agreement and School Representatives
Some KBOR approved schools require students to sign an "enrollment agreement." This document is a binding, legal contract between the student and the school. These schools usually have representatives whose job is to enroll students into the schools' programs. Do not be in any hurry to sign an agreement. If you are not completely satisfied, delay making a decision. If the proposition is legitimate, it will be as good next week as it is today. Before you sign anything, ask yourself the following questions:
Transfer of credit to another institution
The transfer of credits is a decision made by the receiving school. No institution should tell an individual that their courses will transfer unless they can show a written agreement listing specific transfer courses. If an individual knows that he/she wants to attend another school, it is always wise to call the second school to ask if they take credits from the first school.