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    Flor1an is offline Registered User
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    Questions About ACICS Accreditation

    Hi everyone,

    I know there are some existing threads on this forum about ACICS and nationally accredited universities, and I have had the chance to read the input of the members on this matter, which I highly appreciate it.

    As we know, The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which granted accreditation to scores of marginal institutions, was de-recognized by Obama's Department of Education (DoEd) on December 16, 2016, and it has been struggling to stay alive ever since, filing a court case against the DoEd in the process. Among those marginal schools was the now-shuttered Herguan University, which was closed by the Department of Homeland Security on the grounds that it facilitated legal entries for aliens more interested in getting into the United States on student visas than in seeking an education .

    As an international student. I came to states to finish my bachelor studies through a scholarship and I have attended and completed my studies at a nationally accredited university from ACICS.
    I know, not the best choice (not because of academic level), but no other option at that time.
    However, I have found 6+ figures job right after college, and since then I have been quite successful on my career, which is mostly due to my hard work and my individual achievements.

    From what I have read here and other blogs online, transferring credits to a regionally accredited university it is quite hard.

    Therefore, I have two questions:
    1. Since I have completed my bachelor degree on a nationally recognized university, how hard is to start a higher degree, masters program at a regionally accredited institution?
    I have found few decent universities that provide me the opportunity to start as a fresh grad but my questions are more about the possibility to start on a top university (have great portfolio).

    2. Does this regionally vs nationally accredition thing applies outside of the states. Let's say, I want to do my masters degree in Europe, would I face the same issue?

    Thank you.

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    Anthony Pina is offline Registered User
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    In answer to your questions:
    1. Most regionally accredited universities in the U.S. will not accept credits from nationally accredited institutions. However, some will. Most of those that do will review credits on a case-by-case basis to see if the courses align with what is taught at the university. If by "top" university, you mean one that is highly selective, you will have difficulty, since a school that rejects many candidates from regionally accredited colleges and universities will not like take the time to consider a nationally-accredited one.

    2. Regional vs. national accreditation is a U.S.-specific paradigm. It does not exist outside the U.S., where centralized government agencies (e.g. ministries of education ) regulate higher education . The issues in other countries would be different.
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