NO EVERY COURSE IS ACCREDITED EVERYWHERE
Every accredited course is "unaccredited" somewhere in the world. Just because it's accredited by one country's government does not make it globally accredited.
Most courses (even Harvard or Oxford degrees), are not formally recognised or accredited by all countries or accrediting bodies.
Accreditation bodies all have a limited purpose or scope of operation. Usually governments are only concerned with accrediting certain types of courses and within their own jurisdiction; and professional bodies are only concerned with their own members or constituency.
ACCREDITATION IS EXPENSIVE! - costly to obtain, costly to maintain, and those costs often get passed on to the students in the form of high tuition fees.
Credibility is what counts!
When choosing a course, the critical questions that must be asked are:
1. “Am I studying with someone credible?”
2. “Will the course give me a valuable education?”
How to tell if a course has widespread credibility.
Nothing can ever guarantee a courses value 100%, but there are several things that can indicate credibility.
Consider the following checklist; the more 'boxes' the course 'ticks', the more credible it will be:
- Duration of a course – it stands to reason that you cannot learn as much in a very short course.
- Quality of staff –consider qualifications, quantity and quality of experience. (eg: https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/staff/default.aspx)
- Services offered – consider how accessible tutors are, what additional services have been developed.
- How well established is the institution – long established institutions are more likely to be sound.
- Visibility –an institution that is known widely within a discipline, employs staff that have international reputations and/or is ranked high on internet searches will hold greater international credibility than one that is obscure and known little beyond their own town.
- Reputation –accreditation, recognition, partnerships and affiliations are indications of the regard held for this institution by other organisations or institutions. These relationships are an indicator, but their value is in turn only as strong as the credibility of the other organisation.
- Graduate success –satisfied and successful graduates are the most certain indicator of a courses value. (see https://www.acs.edu.au/about-us/student-testimonials.aspx)
- Any credible college that is credible should present it’s credentials clearly (e.g. http://www.acseduonline.com/recognition.aspx)
Every Country is Different
There are in fact thousands of different recognition and accreditation systems around the world, some run by professional industry bodies, some by independent accreditation bodies, and some by governments. Every one of these likes to 'beat their drum' and assert that they are the best; but if you look into the issue deeply enough and use a little common sense, you will start to see that accreditation is not the true indicator of credibility.
Many developed countries only tend to formally recognise qualifications accredited by themselves; and don’t readily cater to accrediting qualifications from even leading universities in other countries. A degree that is accredited in the USA is not necessarily going to be accepted formally in Australia or Europe, and vice versa.
It is often impractical, very expensive, or even impossible for colleges and universities to get courses accredited beyond their own countries borders even if they wanted to. The fact that the course might not be accredited may not be all that important though.
Accreditation comes at a cost; and sometimes with limited benefits
It costs a lot of money to obtain and retain accreditations; so the more accredited a course is, the more of your fees are going into the accreditation, and that usually means either the college is taking bigger profits; or the college is putting less of your fees into actually providing a service.
Accreditation may be critical when dealing with certain disciplines such as law and medicine; where lack of 100% control over the education system can lead to serious problems later on. Without accreditation in such critical industries, a successful career may be impossible to kick start.
For many other disciplines though, the critical value of accreditation is simply not there.
If a course is credible, and the institution ethical, you may well get far more value for a non-accredited course than one that is accredited.
COURSES IN EDUCATION
If you are interested in learning more about education, consider the following courses.
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Our principal and staff have written dozens of reference books as supplementary texts to complement studies in our school
These books are mostly available as ebook, through our online bookstore. They include the following titles. You can click on any of these titles to go to the bookstore and see more details, on that title (including a free download of some of the pages).
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