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    Public University with DEAC Accreditation

    Wasn't aware of any other public universities with solely national accreditation.
    But looks like the online branch of the University of Arkansas is going that direction.


    Linkhttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/...-accreditation

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    This is an example of something that's long annoyed me about many schools; they want to have the benefits ($$$) of offering online programs, but they also want to keep some half-assed plausible deniability, apparently because of some desire to not have "online" or "DL" attached to their precious brand name.

    The University of Massachusetts system (the flagship Amherst campus is ranked significantly higher than Arkansas with the Lowell campus right behind it) has embraced DL, their offerings are all regionally-accredited, they're making a fortune, and somehow, the University of Massachusetts name remains unblemished.

    I would no sooner enroll in this stupid "eVersity" than I would Columbia State.
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    It appears that the motivation to seek DEAC accreditation is the shorter length of time that it takes for initial institutional accreditation (and eligibility for Title IV financial aid for students). I would not be surprised to see a site visit from SACS Commission on Colleges after it achieves DEAC accreditation. I think that eVersity is a silly name that is difficult to take seriously. I'll bet they'll end up changing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chorizo View Post
    Wasn't aware of any other public universities with solely national accreditation.
    But looks like the online branch of the University of Arkansas is going that direction.


    Linkhttps://www.insidehighered.com/news/...-accreditation
    I wouldn't compare eVersity to Columbia State.
    eVersity will start with DEAC but eventually will earn HLC accreditation and then gradually or not discontinue the DEAC accreditation.
    They can take the 5 years to become RA but for now, in January 2018 they will have NA and name recognition with it.

    I think it's a good tactic and just like California Southern University did it, from approved to NA, to RA and some others as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lerner View Post
    I wouldn't compare eVersity to Columbia State.
    eVersity will start with DEAC but eventually will earn HLC accreditation and then gradually or not discontinue the DEAC accreditation.
    They can take the 5 years to become RA but for now, in January 2018 they will have NA and name recognition with it.

    I think it's a good tactic and just like California Southern University did it, from approved to NA, to RA and some others as well.
    I'm not comparing the two, I'm saying that I would be just as likely to "enroll" in Columbia State as this stupid "eVersity", which is to say I wouldn't enroll in either.

    Arkansas playing the cute game of trying to cash-in on the University of Arkansas name, but without directly attaching these DL programs to it. They want to have their cake and eat it, too; they want the benefits ($$$), but also want to be able to say to their alumni and donors "Well, it's not really the University of Arkansas....."

    As I said, why not do what UMass does, and just offer the programs directly through the school itself, which is already regionally-accredited? Why would they even want to bother with DEAC, and have that controversial tag laid on them?

    My prediction; this "eVersity" will be a tremendous flop,
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    Plenty of U Ark's peer universities already offer online degree as part of their regular academic programs, without having to label them with some tack moniker.
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    I agree that this is a stupid approach. What is University of Arkansas worried about? It's one of the lowest ranked flagship universities. I can't imagine how online programs can taint its reputation. There are Ivy League and Ivy Plus schools offering online programs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sanantone View Post
    I agree that this is a stupid approach. What is University of Arkansas worried about? It's one of the lowest ranked flagship universities. I can't imagine how online programs can taint its reputation. There are Ivy League and Ivy Plus schools offering online programs.
    Well, I take that back. University of Arkansas does have its own online programs. This eVersity is for the University of Arkansas system and sounds very similar to Colorado State University Global Campus.
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