Life Experience Degrees
A degree with no learning
Life experience degrees are given out by places that often brazenly proclaim themselves to be accredited universities. Usually, they get their phony validation through unofficial organizations like the World Online Education Accrediting Commission (WOEAC), the Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA), or any similar sounding (but completely bogus) organization.
A more accurate name for these scam artists is "degree mills". They sell phony degrees that require very little or no study and testing. They may even promise you a degree within 30 days, regardless of your educational status.
Meanwhile, none of these questionable universities or colleges mention the number of court cases pending concerning their accreditation and degree-granting abilities. Graduates of these degree mills have been fired for essentially misrepresenting themselves on resumes, regardless of whether or not they were aware of the fraud. People have had to go to court with no help at all from the online diploma or degree mill that granted them their very expensive piece of paper - and more often than not, they lose their cases.
By and large, the majority of online universities are accredited, legitimate learning institutions. While it's not a quick fix, when the work is done you can take pride in having achieved something worthwhile.
Currently, there's little being done to remedy the problem of degree mills. The most important thing to remember is simply that obtaining a university or college degree takes time and a good deal of work. Trying to take a shortcut of any kind (from purchasing a life experience degree to engaging in plagiarism) will catch up with you sooner or later.
Legitimate Life Experience Credit
Many universities do offer tangible credit for real life experience, including military training, portfolios and other applicable knowledge or accomplishments. Opportunities for these are typically limited, however, and extensive academic study will still be required in order to obtain a degree.
It's important to remember that the work of acquiring a degree is fundamentally different from regular occupational work. University education is steeped in theory and other conceptual materials that might seem irrelevant to the real world - however, acquiring a real degree requires patience and the ability to be open to ideas that are initially unfamiliar. It's an experience entirely different from life experience, yet is equally valuable.
There's nothing wrong with expecting a university to recognize the value of on the job training, but it's important to keep your expectations in check. If you consciously or subconsciously look down on formalized education, you may not be pleased with what universities and colleges offer you for your time spent in the workforce. Never forget that education is also work, just like what is accomplished in "real life".
Most universities will limit life experience credit to one year of coursework. No valid university offers an entire graduate degree based on life experience. Some life experience may be applied to some undergraduate degrees and it can be a good thing to put on a grad school application - but that's all. The rest is going to be good old fashioned work and dedication.
Purchasing a "Life Experience" Degree
Think before you consider taking the shortcut of purchasing a "life experience" degree. Misrepresenting a phony degree from a degree mill as a legitimate degree constitutes fraud in many jurisdictions Getting fired or otherwise publicly embarrassed for deliberate deception is the kind of "life experience" you could live without.