ever heard of a online chool called college network

  1. im skeptikal about this online school or whtever they call them selves but any hooo can some one please tell me if they have good or bad storys about it
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  3. by   Tweety
    I mentioned in your other thread that my spouse had a good experience with them in getting his Masters.

    Other people will tell you it's a waste of money. Hopefully, you'll get some responses.

    Utiminately they are legit and you'll get a degree if you stick with them.

    Good luck!
  4. by   in2jojo2
    You should be skeptical of the College Network if a representative is telling you that the College Network is a school. In fact, the College Network is a publishing company that has helped many student prepare for degrees through Excelisor College and a host of other schools. If you are interested in using the College Network, I encourage you to buy the study guides from Ebay as you will save a lot of money. Also note that some representatives from the College Network are smooth talkers. I'm not saying that they are deceptive but they are eager...very eager to see their guides.

    You can search this form for great feedback concerning the College Network as well. Good luck.
  5. by   hcheerio
    As mentioned in the previous post...College Network is NOT a school. They simply put together these very elaborate study guides that are in binders that are outrageously expensive and totally unnecessary. I am not trying to "bash" the College Network, I am only trying to educate that you pay a h*** of a lot more for these binders than you will using the endorsed supplies directly from the school. Excelsior tells you straight up "beware of for-profit publishing companies as they are not endorsed by excelsior college and all required materials are available directly from the school, and most are actually included in the enrollment fee.

    hope this helps!
    Christine.
  6. by   LuvWounds
    I thought the same thing about TCN and found out they are not a school, just a publlishing company. EC is not affiliated with them, however I have heard of alot of people uins them to assisting in passing ECE. This is soley on you if you go this route. I was thinking about taking my first exam on my own and if I din't successed on my own trying one of these publishing company's. Like the previos post states you can buy used TCN guiides on ebay or amazon. You should also try a yahoo study group.
  7. by   Vida
    Aaaah....someone tell me they did the EC lpn-adn program through TCN and appreciated it...
    The lady was definetly a smooth talker...and now Ive signed the contract, and am wondering if it was worth it!
    Vida
  8. by   aegirl
    I'm just starting with Excelsior. I have most of my prereqs done. I've decided to CLEP out of the gen eds I need except for A&P 2 because they don't have a CLEP for it and am using the college network study guides for the nursing concept guides. I know you don't need them but I didn't want to spend time hunting for the info I need to learn when they are in a study guide. I bought mine off ebay though. From what i've read and the research i've done, I wasn't paying $400 a study guide when I could get them on ebay. I got all of the NC guides for under $600, brand new. I just started so I can't tell you how good the guides are and such. But they seem to be pretty good and give you the info you need for the exams from what other people say. My friend just signed with the college network and I think she's nuts for doing it but she chose to do what was best for her. I'm doing the same exact thing but for thousands less. They told her you can't CLEP out of lifecycle development and who knows what else. I can't say you made a bad decision by going through them...you are just going to spend a bit more money than needed.
  9. by   Leo2
    Quote from nurse_vida_the_grape
    Aaaah....someone tell me they did the EC lpn-adn program through TCN and appreciated it...
    The lady was definetly a smooth talker...and now Ive signed the contract, and am wondering if it was worth it!
    Vida
    It has been worth it to me . If you bought every book you needed from EC you may pay less but I like having all my material condensed into one book, I don't have time to search through 3 or 4 books. It all depends on what you need. TCN will give you a tutor if you don't pass a test. EC will make money from you just like TCN , just dig in and start testing.Leo
  10. by   DoubleblessedRN
    I also am trying (really hard) not to bash The College Network, but it seems like a total ripoff.
    A co-worker of mine recently signed with TCN. I have seen the content guides and I agree, it is nicely organized, but Excelsior's Exam Content Guides give reading assignments which tell you exactly what to read in the textbooks. Most of the wording is almost exactly as it appears in the textbooks. You can buy all of the textbooks brand new (or even cheaper used on Amazon or Half.com) WAY cheaper than TCN's binders, which cost over $400 each. That's over $3000 for all of the Nursing Concepts alone. Then you have to pay $220 through Excelsior to take each exam on top of that. (This also does not include any of Excelsior's fees, such as the $75 Application fee or the $895 Enrollment fee.) TCN offers a nice payment plan, but you'll likely be paying >$100/month for years. Also look on Ebay, not only for TCN's binders but there are also discs w/notes and practice tests, but I don't know how credible they are. There are also some study groups in Yahoo Groups.
    An area Sales Representative visits your home and tries to smooth talk you into buying the content guides, similar to how a time share salesperson tries to get you to buy into vacation property. When I asked my co-worker why he did this when there are better alternatives (in my opinion) he stated it all sounded so nice, easy and convenient. And he felt as if he owed it to the salesperson because he took the time to visit him at home to explain the program to him. (I honestly think he really just didn't have the B***s to tell him no.)
    I know I am probably going to catch a lot of crap for what I am saying in this post. I truly do not mean to offend anyone who is an advocate of or who is using TCN, and I realize what works for one person may not work for another. Just my 2 cents.
  11. by   Vida
    ..Yeah, I do feel like Ive been had - the way the tcn lady came in all friendly and sweet-talking ...as is this were the only option. Yes I could have saved alot of money buying the guides on ebay (if I could cancel the contract, thats what Id do), but in the end I'll still be where Id like to be.
  12. by   Mudwoman
    Beware that the College Network has you sign that they can get copies of your transcripts and they can also send you up to an additional 3 study guides and charge you for them if they determine that you will need additional guides to complete your degree and there is nothing you can do.

    The state of ARkansas has a class action suit pending against the College Network for presenting themselves as a "school" when in fact they only really sell the study guides. You can't get a degree through the College Network.

    TCN sent me study guides for Sociology and Anatomy/Physiology and Micro that I didn't need because I already took the tests and had credit for the A & P and Micro and Gerontology. I sent the study guides back, and proof that I had been given credit through Excelsior for these already, but they have never credited me for these guides. They still say that I owe them the money.
  13. by   heartsalot28
    Hey just wanted to let you know that I purchased all of the books from College network to obtain my RN, well I took the Nsg Concepts 1 exam tonight and got a D the material you get from CN is not the same materials you are tested on. I have wasted alot of time and money with CN only to find out now that this seems to be a common thread with them. Steer Clear of them and good luck!!!
  14. by   heartsalot28
    :smiletea2: Hey just wanted to let you know that I purchased all of the books from College network to obtain my RN, well I took the Nsg Concepts 1 exam tonight and got a D the material you get from CN is not the same materials you are tested on. I have wasted alot of time and money with CN only to find out now that this seems to be a common thread with them. Steer Clear of them and good luck!!!

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