"Bill" has offered criticism about Columbia Southern University (CSU) and called it a "scam school," inferring that it somehow takes advantage of its students.
Joe Manjone was quite upset by this inference and the statements made by "Bill" and offered these details in response about CSU.
"CSU is a member of HETA and all the schools listed in HETD honor our credits."
But note what HETA does not do:
"HETA does not assure that transfer requests from one HETA institution will be accepted by another HETA institution. It does not, as of this date, include all institutions that might accept your transfer credit. HETA is voluntary and, for example, an institution may not yet have chosen to join HETA. HETA does not make judgments about the academic quality of individual institutions."
And also see [www.chea.org
There are six regional agencies that provide institutional accreditation on a geographical basis within the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which are the Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, and Western. While independent of one another, the six regional associations cooperate extensively and recognize one another's accreditation.
Joe Manjone specifically noted that CSU would only be eligible in the Southern region, but CSU is not accredited there.
Joe Manjone also advises that CSU has 76 full-time staff members. This includes 10 full-time faculty and 44 adjunct part-time faculty.
Joe Manjone says amongst the ten full-time faculty members six have substantial academic credentials. They are as follows:
Dr. Larry Williams Middle States - University of Maryland; Dr. Richard Gray, HLC North Central, graduate Oklahoma State; Dr. Katherine Nelson-born HLC Southern Association, graduate of Georgia State University; Dr. James Meyers HLC Southern Association, graduate of Florida Institute of Technology and Dr. Joe Manjone, HLC Southern Association, graduate of University of Georgia.
Joe Manjone acknowledged that "CSU's predecessor was an Occupational Health and Safety training business...They issued training certificates stating that a safety professional had received training in a particular area of study (ergonomics, industrial hazards, construction safety, etc.)."
Anyone interested in attending any school should make sure how and by whom that school is accredited. This is especially important because many students will move on to another school after graduation in further pursuit of higher educational goals.
If a student moves from one school to another and that school does not accept the credits and/or recognize the degree of a previous school this could become a serious problem for that student.
If students know that they are going to transfer credits, they should in advance get pre-approval of the course from the school where they want to transfer the credits.
Be sure that every course you take and pay for is as fully accredited as possible and therefore has the most worth/value that is possible.
Some helpful organizations to consult:
Council for Higher Educational Accreditation (CHEA)
CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and
universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
World Education Services (WES)
WES evaluations are widely accepted and often specifically requested by academic institutions, licensing boards, employers and government agencies throughout the U.S. (WES also administers a separate credential evaluation service in Canada
Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The Higher Learning Commission is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Association was founded in 1895 as a membership organization for educational institutions. It is committed to developing and maintaining high standards of excellence.
The Association is one of six regional institutional accrediting associations in the United States. Through its Commissions it accredits, and thereby grants membership to educational institutions in the nineteen-state North Central region: Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming.