Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Garp, Jun 13, 2022.
Do you have any examples of non-recognized accreditors that you think are not mills?
Sure. To be clear, I understand the phrase "accreditation mill" to refer to an institution that has no academic recognition nor rigorous accrediting standards but seeks to grant credibility through its accreditation. The Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries or the Asia Theological Association are fine examples of legitimate and yet unrecognized accreditors. Moreover, I'd imagine accreditors must, not unlike schools, begin functioning as an accrediting institution prior to gaining recognition by the USDE or CHEA and, therefore, unless we want to categorize those institutions as mills, I think nuance is needed. This issue opens up a much broader debate regarding the ability of religious schools to operate with self-determination and with alternative forms of validation and accreditation. In my view, while many non-recognized accreditors are undoubtedly mills, there is a need for legitimate non-recognized accreditation in certain circumstances.
The TRACS Board or Commission has a number of members. Most of them have accredited doctorates but not all. A couple of them have Masters degrees. Quite possible his having an unaccredited doctorate was not an issue. In other words, doesn't mean he was chosen with his Andersonville PhD in mind.
In fact Dr. Joseph Paturi has a Doctorate from Temple Baptist Seminary (TRACS accredited) in addition to his Andersonville PhD.
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