Re: DETC Learning DETC is good. Their standards are very similar to RA. The main problem with DETC is that it doesn't have the acceptance that an RA degree would within the academic community. For example, teaching jobs or getting admitted to an RA graduate program would be more difficult. There may be a slight difference in reputation but you could earn a Ph.D. trying to figure that out. (and Rich did ) I don't think that most people really understand the difference between RA and DETC outside the academic community.