RA For University of the People

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by Bob Fiske, Apr 28, 2020.

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  1. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    You don't need to mention this on a US resume, if that's where you'd be using it. A degree that was awarded when a school had NA is considered "accredited", full stop. If they later get RA, most people will treat that as an RA credential even though you earned it when they were NA (I don't know how evaluators treat it.) If they get RA while you are enrolled, you will earn an RA credential.

    Can I ask, how does Health Sciences fit in with your overall career plan? I'm assuming that's the Bachelor of Science?
     
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  2. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Active Member

    Well, I'm super interested to become a brand manager in the company ( medical studies) I work in, now.
    While they are interested in Juris Doctors and Masters in Law and Bachelors in Law, I notice that they always prefer it when someone really studied in the area of health science.
    Yes, exactly! The bachelor's degree. I want to use that to climb up to a brand manager's position, over the course of 5 years together with the PhD in Buss Adm from PCIE.
    I should be diversely educated enough by that point to be considered for such a position. Manager at 30 is reasonable I think.
     
  3. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    You can start your BS Health Sciences, but I would recommend you "finish" it when they get the accreditation. You never know, they could get it soon in a year or two, you should "slowly" complete this degree and also another Masters from them since you're at it! A little wait, but you get... two cheapo Bachelors/Masters combo when they become RA!
     
  4. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Active Member

    That sounds like a smart plan. I was planning on turbo-ing the degree but your suggestion sounds more feasible! Can you request post-graduation issuance of a new degree with a new date to update the NA from RA accreditation or would it forever be NA if I were to complete it before they gained RA? In case that it would forever be NA then I indeed agree that it's better to delay graduation until they are RA.
     
  5. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    If you get the degree while it's only NA, it's stuck at that NA state, there is absolutely no way to have it recognized as RA. That is why I was recommending you to go slowly, heck, with all your credentials, I would start now and just take the final course or two when they become RA. There really isn't a need to rush completing this, it will only add slightly to your resume and/or CV...
     
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  6. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    What might be helpful is some planning around the hard skills you need to gain over the next 5 years. What do the resumes of brand managers have on them, outside of education? What kind of experiences have they had, what kind of criteria makes a successful brand manager and a successful negotiator (or whatever your title is now)? Remember that education is only about ticking a box. Hard skills and a past history of success in your role are the critical factors to ensuring you get a specific position.

    Good luck!
     
  7. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    How were you planning to do it? I ask because I thought University of The People still followed a traditional weekly semester-based schedule which dictates a long study period with the only way to somewhat cut it down being through transfer credit.
     
  8. TeacherBelgium

    TeacherBelgium Active Member

    You can take up two more courses than the standard, per semester. That way with the MBA you can graduate in a year, so I assume that also goes for the BS in Health meaning that I would be able to graduate in 2 years fastest and more likely 3 years. Hopefully by that time they are RA. But if not, I can live with NA.
     
  9. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Might've been tough though, because the information I got from them some years back told me that course availability is not guaranteed. So a student could attempt to sign up for more than the recommended number of courses but there was always a good chance that some courses would not have any open seats.
     
  10. Mesogeiakos

    Mesogeiakos New Member

  11. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    100K is still less than half what they had five years ago, and only one fifth their high water mark in 2010.

    And a 300K figure that soon in the future is highly speculative, to put it mildly.

    Edit: Never mind, this is totally wrong because these are figures for Phoenix, not UoPeople. Sorry.
     
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  12. Courcelles

    Courcelles Member

    Are you sure? They were founded in 2009 and had nearly half a million students in 2010?
     
  13. LearningAddict

    LearningAddict Well-Known Member

    Those are crazy enrollment numbers. I didn't realize they were carrying so many students.
     
  14. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I'm a doofus. Those are Phoenix numbers. Please pretend I said nothing.
     
  15. Mesogeiakos

    Mesogeiakos New Member

    If they reach over 300k students in 2-3 years then they will be the largest online University in the developed world!!!
     
  16. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    N.B.: Thank you, sanantone, action taken.
     
  17. Stephen Molchan

    Stephen Molchan New Member

    In the faculty meeting at UoP today they told us they are starting some new programs soon. These include certificates in data analytics and cyber security and a MS in information technology. On the topic of RA accreditation - they told us they have a site visit soon. Looks like things are going well!
     
  18. Asymptote

    Asymptote Member

    This is really cool news! How long after a site visit does it usually take for a college to gain RA?
     
  19. Mesogeiakos

    Mesogeiakos New Member

    I think it varies. It can be anywhere from just a few months after site visit to up to 3 years. At least that's what the WASC website says. Each case seems different. I have seen schools getting RA in about a year after being granted candidacy to up to 3 years for other schools.

    Btw I also found a couple of recent interesting articles on UoPeople

    https://www.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/news/2021/09/20/university-of-the-people-refugees.html

    https://www.studyinternational.com/news/university-of-the-people-legit/
     
  20. Asymptote

    Asymptote Member

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