This morning ABC’s Good Morning America featured a brief segment on boomers going back to school. Some of their advice was OK: consider community colleges for flexibility, then distance learning for maximum flexibility.
I have taught in several distance learning programs. Please, please investigate carefully! Many promise flexibility, but you need to understand what that means.
Usually you get flexibility because you don’t have to attend classes. So you can work on your assignments at 5 AM or 5 PM.
Sometimes you get to defer deadlines for projects. But don’t count on it. Some universities will not allow you to submit late papers for any reason. Nearly all have time limits.
I would ask 2 questions:
(1) What’s the grade distribution? If most people get A’s, your university may be accredited but you won’t be taken seriously.
(2) What have the program’s graduates done? Have they remained in their current jobs? Changed careers? Gotten licensed, if applicable? Wish they’d gone somewhere else?
If you can’t get access to alumni, put away your credit card.