Posted on Aug 9, 2016
Kanika Misra
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Is there anything that you still wonder about when it comes to your education? What kind of advice or information could seriously benefit your life? Just trying to get some feedback so we can track down whatever you or anyone you know may need in the educational realm!
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SFC J Fullerton
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I think SM's need to be better informed on the differences between "regionally accredited" and "nationally accredited" institutions when using ed benefits. This is important if they ever transfer to another school, and also having qualifying education credentials when applying for civilian jobs.
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LTC Kevin B.
LTC Kevin B.
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Regional accreditation is fine, as long as that accrediting body is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). USDE and CHEA carve up the US territory and recognize regional bodies to handle institutional accreditation within their geographic footprints.

http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
http://www.chea.org/public_info/index.asp
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SFC J Fullerton
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LTC Kevin B. - I understand it as the Regionally accredited is the "good' one. Its the nationally accredited schools that are not widely recognized and credits transferable.
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LTC Kevin B.
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SFC J Fullerton - National accrediting organizations are fine if they're recognized by the USDE and/or CHEA. Both USDE and CHEA provide listings of the accrediting bodies they acknowledge, so that should serve as a guide for quality, and therefore most credits being transferrable (at least in theory). However, many institutions will limit the amount of courses they'll transfer into their degree programs. And, that relationship is normally related to institutional reputation. For instance, Southwest Arkansas State Community College (fictional school) will transfer in tons of credit from Harvard, but the converse is not true. Tuition revenue is another constraining factor. Schools limit transfer credits because they want you to take their classes (and pay their tuition). That makes it harder for soldiers to amass sufficient credits to get a degree when they have a fragmented education (a little here, a little there) due to so many PCS moves.
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1SG Patrick Burke
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Just a recommendation from my days on active duty. I have come across Soldiers that do not understand the difference between For Profit v. Not For Profit and what does accreditation mean when selecting a university or a program of study. All they hear is how military friendly some schools are, since they cap their tuition at the Tuition Assistance level.
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SFC J Fullerton
SFC J Fullerton
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Yes 1SG! Nationally accredited vs. Regionally accredited makes a huge difference in transferable credits and job qualifications.
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1SG Patrick Burke
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It absolutely does. I hated to see Soldiers attend these fly-by-night schools that give them absurd amount of credits for experience and take money for a degree that is worthless. I have seen a lot of job postings that specifically state a degree from an 'accredited' university.
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SFC J Fullerton
SFC J Fullerton
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1SG Patrick Burke - It was these type of schools that the ed centers pushed for online courses. Unfortunately, I didn't know the difference either and got a worthless bachelors degree all using TA. Luckily though, I did have legit credits I earned prior to that, and was able to transfer those to a legit school using the MGIB after retiring.
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LTC Kevin B.
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Service members also need to know that there are different levels of accreditation, and you should want your degree to be accredited all the way down to the lowest possible level. I deal with accreditation of graduate programs in healthcare management, so I'll use it as an example. The institution can be accredited to confer degrees (for instance, Baylor University is accredited by SACS). Within that institution, the college/school may also have an accrediting body (and Baylor's business school is accredited by AACSB). Within that college/school, the degree program may have specialized accreditation (and their MBA-Healthcare program has specialized accreditation by CAHME). Thus, their MBA-Healthcare is fully accredited all the way down the chain.
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Yes do you (or anyone else for that matter) know of any one giving scholarships for service members? I have used all my TA for the year and do not want to touch my GI Bill money as of yet.
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