just reviewed migs web site

Discussion in 'The Monterrey Institute for Graduate Studies' started by pjm, Oct 28, 2001.

  1. pjm

    pjm New Member

    hi fellow travellers. i am relatively new to the site but certainly not to bears et al excellent guides.i realize migs is a hot point for this site. after considering everything i have reviewed i am still confused.. please correct me if in errormigs appears to be a legit mexican degree but has essentially mishandled their intro to the u.s. market. the degree appears to be gaap recognized is this correct.would there be any difference between having a mig phd vs unisa or an aussie degree.or is this another villareal situation.many thanks for helping the confused.
  2. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    There is no "GAAP recognition." "GAAP" describes a set of practices; foreign schools that meet GAAP criteria tend to be recognized by U.S. accredited schools. But even then there are no absolutes.

    The American staff at MIGS insists, publicly and privately, that their programs will result in properly issued degrees from the CEU. This might be true. And it might not. The CEU has never before offered doctoral programs on its own; the programs offered through MIGS are the first. According to some, the CEU is an autonomous university, authorized to add whatever programs it wishes to add. Presumably, that would include those offered through MIGS. But MIGS also promotes their approval by the Secretary of Education of the CEU's home state, Nuevo Leon. MIGS also says that all learning contracts are approved by the Secretary's office. This did not happen with mine. Finally, MIGS says the Secretary's office will approve the awarding of all degrees by the CEU, including those via MIGS. I didn't stick around to find that out for myself.

    I was referred to a University of Houston site on the Web where the Mexican higher education system was described. It indicated the need for not only the diploma from the school, but also a certificate from the Secretary of Education noting the award of the degree. (Apparently, it also describes the course of study, and it is the document sought after by evaluators of foreign credentials.) I received verbal assurances from the MIGS staff that this would indeed take place. I was not confident of those assurances.

    Given a choice between a degree from UNISA, a Mexican university, or from an Australian school (say, Central Queensland), I would choose either UNISA or the Australian school, simply because of language and cultural similarities. The questionable path taken by MIGS regarding the CEU only complicates matters.

    I would not compare it to the Villareal situation, where it appears someone from the university was selling diplomas without the school's knowledge or involvement. The CEU seems very much aware of MIGS; how involved they are has been a matter of much debate.

    If you have confidence a degree from the CEU via MIGS will meet your needs, go for it. It was free to me, yet I decided not to pursue it.

    Rich Douglas

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