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    VA accrediting foriegn programs?

    So there is a school posting on a few military social networking sites that is confusing me. They are called the International Academy of Film and Television of the Phillipines. They quote a story on their page that says the VA has "accredited" them. I have already emailed to VA to ask about this as I worry its just another scam school but I figured I would ask yall as well. Here is a linkto their "news story" on their site about their VA accreditation. U.S. Veterans Affairs Accredits International Academy Of Film And Television | International Academy of Film and Television
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    You are smart to be cautious. The VA does not "accredit" any school.
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    I thought this may have been a misuse of the term "accreditation" when the term "approval" was meant to be used. I no longer think this, as this school does not appear on the VA's list of approved institutions located in the Philippines. I suppose it is possible that the school once had approval but since lost it since the news release is from 2010.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneralSnus View Post
    I thought this may have been a misuse of the term "accreditation" when the term "approval" was meant to be used. I no longer think this, as this school does not appear on the VA's list of approved institutions located in the Philippines. I suppose it is possible that the school once had approval but since lost it since the news release is from 2010.

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    After checking out your link it appears you are right with your first impression. If you change the program type to "all types" they are an approved program. They spammed at least 100 military specific facebook pages in one day (today). Guess i was wrong in calling scam though they are still predatory towards vets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bpreachers View Post
    Guess i was wrong in calling scam though they are still predatory towards vets.
    How are they "predatory"?
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    Bese they posted about how vets need to spend the gi bill with them and enjoy a year in a resort area of the phillipines for anywere from 7900 to 18000 dollars. This was posted on at least 100+ military oriented facebook pages to include a few pow and wounded warrior pages

    That is the deffinition of predatory advertising to me
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    Encouraging veterans to spend a year learning new skills in a resort setting on a tropical island at government expense? The bastards!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    Encouraging veterans to spend a year learning new skills in a resort setting on a tropical island at government expense? The bastards!
    I know you are attempting to be a smartass but yes god forbid that yet another piece of sh!t fly by night group has found a way to get veterans benefits from them and in return give us a worthless diploma from a non-accredited overseas program ran by a production company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpreachers View Post
    I know you are attempting to be a smartass but yes god forbid that yet another piece of sh!t fly by night group has found a way to get veterans benefits from them and in return give us a worthless diploma from a non-accredited overseas program ran by a production company.
    Wait, then why is this shit, fly by night, worthless, non-accredited program approved by the VA?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveFoerster View Post
    Wait, then why is this shit, fly by night, worthless, non-accredited program approved by the VA?
    Because it meets the minimum just like the multiple crap programs that squeek theough on getting NA or RA accreditation

    Im done with this convo because for whatever reason you are defending a program that is obviously just a money maker for this group
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    Quote Originally Posted by bpreachers View Post
    Because it meets the minimum just like the multiple crap programs that squeek theough on getting NA or RA accreditation

    Im done with this convo because for whatever reason you are defending a program that is obviously just a money maker for this group
    So if a program has been found to be "good enough" that means it's a rip-off?

    Every organization or group contains members that span a spectrum of excellence. Some might be like Harvard or Oxford and others might be more average, like a small state college. If a small state school is considered to be average this is no disgrace, they are still "good enough" to be respected.

    I know nothing about the school you're discussing but the logic you're using is nonsensical. A soldier who just barely passes all his tests/requirements is "good enough" to be a soldier. No disgrace there. No rip-off. If you want to criticize this school for their advertising practices that's fine but it doesn't mean that it's a bad school.
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