Berkshire Christian College

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    Does anyone know where this school claims accreditation? Their website touts that you can earn an accredited degree, but doesn't list any accreditation information, and a search of the obvious suspects (NEASC, ABHE, TRACS, DEAC, ACICS) turns up nothing.

    They claim official affiliations with totally legitimate schools (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Eastern University) so I don't think they're a scam or anything, I'm just curious. A faculty member at a school where I teach has their undergrad from there.

    Home | Berkshire Christian | Undergraduate - Seminary and Distance Education Learning
     
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    From reading through the site, it looks like a student takes classes through Berkshire but get a degree through Eastern or Gordon-Conwell.

    It does not look like Berkshire has its own accreditation.
     
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    Indeed, that's how it appears. Undergrad degrees via Eastern, Graduate degrees via Gordon-Conwell.

    The distance offerings from e-Berkshire itself appear to be confined to individual courses, described as college-level but with no claims of accreditation. Cost $525 per course.

    J.
     
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    Interesting; they came to my attention because it's listed as the source of a colleague's undergrad degree in the school catalog. I would think that Eastern or Gordon-Conwell would be.

    That price would be an incredible bargain for courses that count towards a degree at Eastern, but especially at Gordon-Conwell. I'll have to look into this more when I have time.
     
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    So its just online. Interesting. I guess why this church https://ibb.co/i7hcvF is in its old building, want to talk about projecting. We get it already you're "edgy," BLM is a terrorist group.
     
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    I never heard of this school until Bruce mentioned it. But as B4 tells us, it seems to have been a B&M school that closed in 1987 (for financial reasons?), and has continued on in sort of a spectral DL afterlife since.

    So, was it accredited by somebody back in its corporeal B&M days? The bachelors degree might date back to that time.
     
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    BLM is a decentralized movement, not a group, much less a terrorist one.
     
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    Returning to the ostensible topic of this thread, this recent book Adventism Confronts Modernity seems to suggest (pp 120-121) that the then New England School of Theology renamed itself Berkshire Christian College and redesigned its programs, in hopes of gaining what was then known as AABC bible-college accreditation. I'm not sure if that was ever successful. But ABHE might be the place to look to see if this was ever formerly accredited by them.

    https://books.google.com/books?id=u9goDgAAQBAJ&dq=berkshire+christian+college+accreditation&source=gbs_navlinks_s
     
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    Steve, you are arguing against what they say they are. Have you been to any of their meetings? The advocating the killing of police.

    http://blacklivesmatter.com/about/

    Black Liberation

     
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    Yes, I get that some people made a site and said that it was "official". Clever move on their part. That doesn't mean that everyone who considering themselves supporter of the movement is a member of that particular organization. "Black Lives Matter" started as a hashtag. No one owns it, and there are people with considerably varying beliefs who use it.
     
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    Did you read the website? Or even the history of the movement? Steve, it's not someone claiming ownership, its the first and largest group and it has over 100 local chapters. No goal post moving on this one my friend. I'm sure there are lots of people calling themselves BLM, yet the millions of dollars in grants and funds flows through the people who control the national movement. You have to join officially, so that has nothing to do with calling yourself a supporter. Most groups bar you white boys from joining. Much love for you Steve.

    P.S. I am saving for my trip and I plan on taking you up on the offer. It's a lot of money to fly the whole family over.

    P.P.S Sorry Bruce for jacking your thread.
     
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    It's a lot of money, but try travel agents. Sometimes web sites miss the lower cost options. You'll probably all have to spend the night somewhere (typically Puerto Rico, St. Martin, Antigua, Barbados, Guadeloupe, or Martinique) but AirBnB can be a good option there.

    Also, if you can get to Guadeloupe or Martinique cheaply, you can take the ferry from there (another thing sites won't tell you): Transport maritime inter-îles aux Antilles : Guadeloupe, Martinique, Sainte Lucie, Marie Galante, La Dominique, Les Saintes avec L'Express des Iles.
     
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    Thanks for the info!

    I checked the ABHE website, but in my opinion, it's very poorly designed. I wasn't able to find any information about formerly accredited schools on it, and I believe BCC would have been back in the AABC days.

    I dug a little bit, and confirmed through the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education that BCC closed in 1986

    Closed Institution

    Like I said, it's more curiosity than anything for me. I saw BCC listed as the undergrad degree for one of my colleagues, and it piqued my interest because it's a Massachusetts school, and I had never heard of them. That colleague has 2 completely legitimate graduate degrees, so it's not a concern at all, just curiosity.
     
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