Help pls - can't recall school name

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by flannelberry, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Hi everyone,

    After lots of searching there was a school I was interested in but cannot, for the life of me, recall the name.

    It's a California School, DETC, not RA (iirc), offered doctorates and was something like "Institute for Social Action". A small school but seemingly well respected on the boards here.

    Any help out there?

    Also - if anyone has recommendations, I'm still school shopping. I have an MSW and am looking to learn more. I'd be interested in clinical programmes but also leadership/social action programmes. My main preference is to pay per class as I work a tonne and have a family.

    Thanks so much.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    It doesn't sound familiar to me but if it's a DETC school it will be on this list:

  3. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Thanks. It's not on that list so I've really mis-remembered. I hope someone else can think of it. I thought I had bookmarked it but not.
  4. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    The following "Institutes" have been mentioned in previous degreeinfo threads that you have participated in:

    Pacifica Graduate Institute (RA, California)
    Institute for Clinical Social Work (RA, Illinois)
    Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (RA, California -- recently changed name to "Sofia University")
    University of London, Institute of Education (UK)

    None are DETC. They all offer doctorates.
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  5. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Thanks CalDog. I don't know that I participated in the thread. I think it's just one I stumbled across when I was searching. And maybe I'm wrong - maybe it's not Institute? Jiminey!
    You guys are great for trying - I do appreciate it. I'll keep trying combos on google too.
  6. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    If it is a doctorate-granting institution in California, but is not on the list of DETC schools, then it most likely has regional accreditation from WASC. You can check the list of WASC-accredited schools here.
  7. CalDog

    CalDog New Member

    There's an "Institute for Social Innovation" at Fielding Graduate University, which is a small, well-regarded, doctorate-granting institution in California.
    It's RA (and APA), not DETC.

    That's my final guess.
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  8. Jonathan Whatley

    Jonathan Whatley Well-Known Member

  9. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator

    I would add that WISR is frequently cited as one of the very few high quality, unaccredited schools around.
  10. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Thanks ever so much. Yes! That is it. WISR.

    That's exactly what was said about it on that thread.

    Thanks again - you made my night!
  11. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    After writing favorably about WISR for 30+ years, and being regularly asked, I agreed last week to join their Board of Directors. Earlier this year, they surveyed all their PhD students to see whether they would prefer the WISR Ph.D., or a DETC-accredited D.Ed. or D.Psy. The vote was 26 to 0 in favor of the Ph.D.
  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I realize this isn't exactly what the poll was asking, but I too would prefer a WISR PhD to most EdD or PsyD programmes from DETC accredited schools. (HMU being an exception, and I expect there are a few others that are not leaping to mind, but still.)
  13. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    WISR is tiny (30 students or so). I think they're looking to double that.

    I love the boutique that they are.
  14. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Thanks for that. It's nice to know the students feel that way.
  15. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Rich: WISR is tiny (30 students or so). I think they're looking to double that.

    John: There is a plan afoot to establish a college, offering a Bachelor's and possibly Master's in community development. Wisr people are attending the annual DETC conference, that is on this very day. Word from there is that Mike Lambert, who has been with DETC for 30+ years, is retiring soon.
  16. nongard1

    nongard1 Member

    I am a licensed mental health counselor. I am in the Doctorate of Transformational Leadership program at Bakke Graduate University. My major is Cultural Transformation. You can be flexible in your courses and dissertation project. A lot of progressives interested in social justice, community action and leadership. Many are therapists. They are TRACS accredited (which like DETC is recognized by US Dept. Education). It is an awesome program. You said you were school shopping. I would contact them.
    Here are the five programs they offer:

    Doctor of Transformational Leadership (DTL)

    Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

    Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

    Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship (MASCE)

    Masters in Global Urban Leadership (MAGUL)
  17. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member


    (BTW, John was my source on WISR.) :smile:
  18. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Thanks very much nongard. I'm actually a clinician (MSW) and so have the privilege of looking for a school that suits me well. I don't *need* more credentials - though if I could get them in a programme that interested me, that wouldn't hurt my feelings.

    Bakke looks interesting, unfortunately for me I don't think I'd fit in well at a faith based institution.

    Thanks again.
  19. nongard1

    nongard1 Member

    Bakke is very ecclectic theologically. Progressives are the majority, unlike many other Christian schools. Because over 50% of the students are international, it really is a different perspective than typical American evangelicalism. In my mind I often just transalte the word "ministry" as "social work" since at least at this school, in many ways, the goals and processes are the same.
  20. flannelberry

    flannelberry New Member

    Sorry nongard1 - I didn't ever reply to you. My apologies! One of the schools I'm considering offers a DMin - I have opened up to some options I hadn't previously considered. So I'm going to give Bakke another look. Thanks.

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