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Jason D. Baker

Atlantic Union College Update

Atlantic Union College Update

In 2011, after losing its regional accreditation due to financial issues, Atlantic Union College closed.  Since then, this Seventh-Day Adventist school has applied the reestablishment of degree-granting authority with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.  Last Thursday, April 18th, a team from Atlantic Union College met with a team from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to discuss the status of their application.

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Why Accreditation?

Having gone through accreditation and reaccreditation efforts as a university professor, I find them to be stressful, time-consuming, and expensive endeavors. So why should Christian colleges concern themselves with such difficulties? Well, to paraphrase Churchill, accreditation is the worst form of institutional quality control except all those other forms that have been tried. 

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OpenDNS Offers Blocking of Degree and Diploma Mill Websites

Yesterday OpenDNS added a new category to their web content filtering system labeled Academic Fraud.  As they announced in their press release, academic fraud covers “plagiarism, the buying and selling of papers and reports and other forms of cheating”.  However, a follow-up email discussion with OpenDNS Director of Marketing Allison Rhodes revealed that they consider degree and diploma mills part of this category and would enable users to block them as well.

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Distance Learning in Higher Education

Two Regent University colleagues and I have a new book published today by Teachers College Press entitled Distance Learning in Higher Education: A Programmatic Approach to Planning, Design, Instruction, Evaluation, and Accreditation.

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Prestigious Non-Accredited Doctoral Degrees

A few days ago I received three different emails within the same hour offering me the chance to obtain "quality" Ph.D. degrees with no work and only a simple phone call.

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