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  • By Ronald Hedtkamp
    Mar 24, 2007
    "Re: A biased perspective" My perspective may appear to be biased, but I have done a great deal of research on the subjcet and many of the regionally accreditted schools who have gone on line are now providing credit for academic, military, work, and life experience which is verifiable. In short they are using the person's verifiable porfolio to award course credt-up to 60 credits for a Bachelor Degree and 15 credits for a Masters Degree. Some of these schools are highly respected-University of Phoneix, Jones International University, Park College, Kaplan College to list a few. Your points in general are well taken given the sales job that academia and the government have done on accreditation, however, I think we need to recognize degrees issued by schools who are accredited by their country's ministry of education as equivalent to a regionally accreditted degree. Which in general the federal government and CHEA don't do, even though the US is a signatory to the Hague... More > Convention and Treaty.< Less
  • By Andy Borchers
    Feb 12, 2004
    "A biased perspective" The author makes some good points here, but he clearly has a biased perspective. I just tried to post a lengthy response on this - but the system wouldn't take it. Here is a summary. It strikes me that propents of non-accredited schools always seem to bad mouth accreditation. Those who work with accredited schools may overplay the value. The author makes a lot of assumptions that aren't necessarily true - such as there being "good schools" that aren't accredited. Who says these schools are "good"? Also, the author says "The minimum standards must recognize the validity of life experience portfolios". I have to ask - Why? Just because he said so? Statements like "ivory tower accreditation aristocracy" do little to bring light to the conversation. Can we talk about ideas here and not resort to name calling? As for the "huge cost" of accreditation, I suspect this is far less a factor than the... More > competence of non-accredited schools. Most of the regional accreditors are accrediting DL program now. If a school isn't RA, why not? As for potential students, the reality is this. You can save money and time by getting a non-accredited degree, but do you really want to have to argue for the validity of your degree for the rest of your life? Go with a regionally accredited school and you can save yourself a lot of trouble. I've seen non-RA degrees blow up in the face of more than one person. Unless the only reason for a degree is to show off to your friends, go RA - you'll be glad you did. Regards - Andy< Less
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Product Details

Publisher
Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
Published
October 2, 2003
Language
English
Pages
6
Binding
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
0.12 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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