Yorktown University now unaccredited

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by RobbCD, Jul 20, 2012.

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  1. bassethorn

    bassethorn New Member

    The Tuition for Yorktown M.A. in Government Program:
    Tuition is $500 per credit
    Total cost per course: $1,500
    12 classes of 3 credits each
    Tuition: $18,000

    Kind of expensive even for a RA program, and the program is now unaccredited.
     
  2. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    Unfortunately, this does not mean that the individual state requirements will go away--just that the Dept. of Ed. cannot tie federal financial aid disbursements to be contingent upon meeting state licensing requirements.
     
  3. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    Absolute nonsense. There is nothing preventing an "Internet-based institution" from achieving regional accreditation, other than being unable to meet the accreditation standards.
     
  4. TCord1964

    TCord1964 New Member

    TESC's own web site mentions their campus:

    Thomas Edison State College’s campus comprises five buildings located in the historic district surrounding New Jersey’s State Capitol Building in Trenton, N.J.

    However, their site also mentions that "students rarely visit the campus."
     
  5. Chip

    Chip Administrator

    I just love it when a school announces "We've terminated our relationship with _____________ for ______________ reason" when the school is already on show-cause or other warning. Do they really think anyone believes it?

    And... if a school can't afford the costs of accreditation, they probably aren't deserving of it in the first place.

    Lastly... the business about online schools not being eligible for accreditation... isn't Western Governor's entirely online, just for one example?
     
  6. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    Virginia's governor just announced a partnership between the Virginia Community College System and Western Governors University. I guess they must be doing something right, considering the fed isn't knocking on their door threatening to take their accreditation away...

    -Matt
     
  7. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Is Yorktown University gone? I tried to click on the links and it came up either 404 or taken to a MOOC page...
     
  8. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Alas poor Yorktown . . . Where be your gibes now? Your gambols? Your songs?
     
  9. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Yorktown has been gone for a long time. If they finally had the decency to bury the website that's a plus. The website was basically the equivalent of stuffing grandma rather than giving her a proper burial. It was already dead we didn't need to gaze at its lifeless site.
     
  10. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Brilliant!
     
  11. chasisaac

    chasisaac Member

    Question: How much time is there to graduate and still have an accredited degree? I am not sure how they do their calendar. But do you get to the end of a semester. Or if you are ready your graduate with a lesser degree can you graduate ASAP. I feel bad for the students having a rug pulled out with what seems to be no recourse.
     
  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Typically when a school closes they arrange a "teach out" relationship with another school, so that students can transfer seamlessly to that other school and complete a program, if not precisely the one they originally intended.
     
  13. Neuhaus

    Neuhaus Well-Known Member

    Some teach-out agreements allow the students to finish out their programs with the school. So, for example, a school might lose its accreditation as of June but be permitted to finish teaching currently enrolled students for say, 18 months, to allow them to finish their program. DEAC does this periodically.

    If you look at the USDOE directory you can see references to this. For example, if you search for the University of Atlanta it says:

    New enrollments are not being accepted. DETC accreditation applies solely to students studying with the Norcross, GA-based institution, and is for "teach-out" purposes. DETC accreditation expires on June 30, 2013.

    Upside, the accreditor considers the degree accredited (even if completed after the accreditation expires) because it was part of an accepted teach-out agreement.

    Downside, if I earn a degree from U Atlanta on December 1, 2013 and all outward signs point to accreditation expiring on June 30, an employer (if they or a background check service actually checked) might not understand or care about the teach-out.

    Generally speaking, however, you don't typically just get screwed and left with useless credits. the exception to this would be the Heald students who had to choose between debt forgiveness (due to school closure) and transferring their credits to another school. If they chose the latter, the credits couldn't transfer and if they chose the former they got to transfer the credits but missed an opportunity to erase (what was for some of them) substantial debt.
     

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