Advice for info for friends of mine (PLA and foreign degree related)

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Orville_third, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. Orville_third

    Orville_third New Member

    I work in a restaurant for my day job, and it's run by a couple who are Kurdish. Both were college graduates, but their diplomas were either left behind in Iraq or they were unable to finish their degrees. (They left Iraq before the end of Operation Provide Comfort II.) They both have extensive restaurant experience in addition to their college training. (One of them is also a soccer coach.)

    My questions are, what resources would you recommend for me to give to them to help them get or reacquire their degrees? (Books, websites, etc.) Bear's Guide is a good start, but what else might you recommend?
  2. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    Copies of the Excelsior catalog(s).
    Provides a good overview of degree content.
    Sounds like they could obtain credit for their Kurdish language skills, if not via exam then perhaps via portfolio.
  3. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Probably worth a modest investment in a report from one of the recognized foreign credential evaluation services (there is a chapter on this in Bears Guide). Any member of NACES ( For under a hundred bucks, I think, they'd get a pretty good idea of where they stand, and what the prospects are. I used to get lots of good feedback about the AACRAO service, World Education Services in NY, Educational Credential Evaluators in Wisconsin*, and Joseph Silny in Florida.
    * except for the Edinburgh Business School, which they, alone, do not like.

    And utterly unrelated to that . . . our folk dance repertoire includes one and only one Kurdish dance, learned from a Kurdish custodian at the Vanderbilt University library . . . but he knew nothing about its origin. We would at least have asked him what the words mean, if he hadn't moved on. If it happened to happen to ask your employers if they are familiar with "Bablakan" or "Bablakans," and/or would be willing to listen and tell us what the people are singing about, that would make a bunch of California dancers very happy. Non-essential, of course. I could send an MP3 file or mail a CD. (Thanks)

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