I was accepted into an AI school, and enjoyed the interactions with the staff / teachers, but when I stated asking local chefs and restaurant owners what they thought... we'll just say that they weren't very impressed with the program.
I want to ask you a couple questions, simply because I'm curious..
Why are you doing the 4 yr vs the 2yr degree?
Are you trying to gear more towards kitchen work or FOH work?
If kitchen is your answer, have you spend times in the weeds in a kitchen before getting slammed with tickets, getting burned because you are trying to work a bit too quickly, but all while trying to maintain a cool head about the situation?
If you answered NO to the last question, the first thing you should do before every attending one single class, is get in a kitchen and get your ass kicked for a couple months, just to see if being on the line is what you really want. This was the advice given to me, and I'm just passing it along, if your passion is there and you love it, then you'll want more and more and more (and that's a good thing.) But if you just enjoy the idea of being a cook, it will be miserable, (and that's good too because you wont waste all your money and go in debt over something you dont want to do.)
Just my $.02 and feel free to answer in a pm if you dont want all your reasonings / answers on the open forum.