Humanities Institute - University

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  1. tadj

    tadj Active Member

    Recently, I came across this website;
    http://humanitiesinstitute.org/
    http://users.neo.registeredsite.com/6/1/9/12924916/assets/catalogue-2020-05-111325.pdf

    Back in 2015, I remember that I've even inquired about this particular school. They had a genuine BPPE degree-granting license in California and offered free degree programs. That was pretty unusual at the time. You could still access their old website here;
    https://web.archive.org/web/20150208164608/http://humanitiesuniversity.org/UnivLicensing.html

    I was intrigued by some of their programs. But I've never received a reply when attempting to contact them via e-mail. So, I was suprised to see that they are still around, long after the expiry of the California license.

    What do you guys think? Odd, eh? They have a pretty interesting faculty though.
     
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  2. Messdiener

    Messdiener Member

    The general concept looks fascinating, but the website leaves much to be desired. Their single-page graduate school description looks incredibly amateurish. Even a handful of Fiverr webdevs could probably improve their web presence significantly.

    Given the sloppy site, one wonders if there is any value to the education offered.
     
  3. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Just about the most interesting unaccredited program left in California, I'd say - but I think all hope is gone by now. The faculty does indeed look interesting, as Tadj says. Real academics, real schools, some with credentials that really command respect (from me, anyway). Only two programs. A certificate worth 9 grad credits (but from an unaccredited school) and a Doctor of Arts degree, also with no accreditation - but the material they draw from looks fascinating.

    Yes - the website is very sparse, but at least the English is perfect. It looks like something that could be put together on "Feebly" or similar with zero training. Well, the principals don't list themselves as professors of web design - and perhaps there were not funds for professional help - or the founders misjudged the importance of a decent-looking site. I'm thinking the school will be out of business shortly, if it isn't already, due to an accredit-move-or-die edict from the State. Too bad. This school looks like it had sincerity and purpose. I was surprised to search our site and find no previous threads.

    I didn't notice fees anywhere in what I read. Just out of curiosity, did anyone else see them? I probably got too carried away with the content. Thanks, tadj. Interesting find of the week. There should be an award for that. :)
     
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  4. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I checked again - NO FEES! NONE! Here's what it says:

    "Tuition and Fees
    Humanities Institute does not charge its students tuition or fees. All successful students are
    eligible to apply for Pre-doctoral fellowship from HI.

    Financial Condition
    The school is in excellent financial condition. It does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy,
    and is not operating as adebtor in possession. It has not filed a petition within the preceding
    five years and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five
    years. It has never had a reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy
    (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq.)."

    Overall, this school reminds me a little of Signum U. - without the fantasy or spa-like aspect.
    Definitely no spa. But interesting - and, I suspect, rigorous.

    Signum U. is more like an Athenian school - Humanities Institute - very Spartan. Well, more civilized than Hesiod's hard-scrabble farmland in Boeotia, at least... but the work might be almost as hard.
     
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  5. Messdiener

    Messdiener Member

    That is true, Johann. The English is above and beyond what you find on mill sites and the usual fly-by-night operations.

    If the programs are tuition-free, might it be worth trying one of the freebie "certificates" (stand-alone courses)?
     
  6. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    I'd say YES - if you can get a response. I think the school may be padlocked now, possibly by BPPE accredit-or-die deadlines. Tadj reports no success trying to contact by email - so it kind of looks like an orphan site.

    I'm still wondering why the rest of us didn't see this before --- maybe it's a SEO problem (i.e. none) stemming from the 1994-looking website. I'm going to try looking up the BPPE record. Later. Busy now.
     
  7. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    Checked the BPPE. Got nothing on the Approved schools site. It did not seem to be working properly. I even got a "403-Forbidden" when I tried to access Terms of Use. Tried the Denied Schools page. It's a simple list. Humanities Institute was not on it. Frustrating. Maybe someone else will have better luck.
     
  8. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    The address, Humanities Institute 8450 Byers Street / Downey CA is a 3-bedroom house. You can see it on Google etc. I think we're S.O.L. on our WWW search for a D.Arts, here. Just for the heck of it, I went to the archived Humanities University site. Learned nothing except that it was located in a different town - Whittier - same Founder - a physician (MD) and Ph.D. Gonna try the BPPE again, see what happened to the University.
     
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  9. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    ZIP-nada-bupkes at BPPE under Humanities Institute or Humanities University. This is gonna put me in the Insanities Institute pretty soon. I give up. Maybe the school did, too.

    Turns out the owner of the school is - as I said - an MD. He is now practising in Texas. I'm not calling his office.
     
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  10. tadj

    tadj Active Member

    Since they referred to themselves as a non-profit foundation, I've looked it up here; http://rct.doj.ca.gov/Verification/Web/Search.aspx?facility=Y
    When I type 'Humanities Institute', I can see this reference. It does point to Texas and 'delinquent' status;
    http://rct.doj.ca.gov/Verification/Web/Details.aspx?result=9171af86-9e48-47a5-b273-94bc36a303cc
    Even back in the day, I saw that they had zero enrollments according to BPPE enrollment reports. That was kind of concerning, but the license served as an assurance of a sort. It looks like a failed effort now.
     
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  11. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    A sad commentary. A labour of love - approved by State Agency - small faculty but great credentials - yet no takers, even for FREE. A sign of the times.
     
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  12. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Oh, the humanity... :-(
     
  13. Mac Juli

    Mac Juli Active Member

    Not much irony here. I think it is sad. There are quite much IT and business courses out there, but projects like there are seldom. If they are (likely) a failure, it is sad.
     
  14. Johann

    Johann Well-Known Member

    You beat me to it, Mac. I almost wrote "too bad they didn't open a Python (programming) bootcamp." And, yes - I think we can finally take it that the University/Institute has crashed and burned like the Hindenburg you alluded to. Fortunately, no one was hurt. No students aboard. Founder and faculty - miraculously not injured, I hope, except for minor bumps and bruises to the spirit. I'm sure they'll recover from those and I wish them well.
     
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