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Principles of Education

 

 

What is an Education?  How do you define it?

Defining what an education is, is a continuous subject of debate by many.   Education can be attained by many means such as:

  • Formal education and training in schools and colleges

  • Self education by independent reading and experience

  • On the job experience

  • Life experience

There are many quotes regarding what an education is.   I have seen many of these around but am not sure of the original quotations or date of the some of the quotations, however you may find them of interest.   From a purely esoteric or philosophical point of view an Education can be defined as:

" When you have attained a thorough and complete understanding of yourself and the world around you, that allows you to obtain anything you want or need without infringing on the rights or privileges of others, that is when you can truly call yourself educated." Originator unknown.

Albert Einstein supposedly made this statement, "Self Education is the only kind there really is".

Formal education is important and everyone who wants a college degree should be able to get one.   Self education and being well read has its benefits and is a necessity. Only having one formal degree in one discipline is not enough to equip you for a changing world.  You must constantly learn and re-invent yourself for today and tomorrow.

What does our society and business recognize?   In the United States we tend to be a credentialed society that looks for official credentials.   In the United States educational institutions can be public, private, accredited or non accredited.     Choosing your source of education is something you should consider wisely as you may spend substantial amounts of time or money in your quest to acquire a degree or certification.  . 

There are hundreds if not thousands of accrediting organizations in the United States and around the world.  In the United States most higher educational institutions are accredited by primary accrediting organizations.   In the United States there is an Independent organization called the "Counsel for Higher Education Accreditation referred to as CHEA".  The CHEA website is www.chea.org.

CHEA reviews and approves the organizations that are empowered to accredit colleges and universities.  Accreditation is a process of external review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities and higher education programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. 

There are three types of accreditors:

  • Regional accreditors:  Accredit public and private, nonprofit and for-profit, two- and four-year institutions.  This is a comprehensive review of all institutional functions.  Many state colleges are regionally accredited.  There are over 2900 regionally accredited colleges.  The majority of regionally accredited colleges and universities are non-profit.

  • National accreditors:  Accredit public and private, nonprofit and for profit institutions, frequently single purpose institutions, including distance learning colleges and universities, private career institutions and faith-based colleges and universities.  There are over 3400 nationally accredited schools, the majority of which operate for profit.

  • Specialized and professional accreditors:  Accredit specific programs or schools including law schools, medical schools, engineering schools and programs, and health professional programs.

For more information on accreditors go to: http://www.chea.org/international/index.cfm and click on "An Overview of U.S. Accreditation". The CHEA website offers a searchable database of colleges and universities that have been accredited.

Stiff competition exists between colleges and schools to acquire students.   There are many on-line consortiums in which universities have partnered to offer on-line degrees.   If cost is a factor, most state colleges and universities are regionally accredited usually offering degrees at lower tuition costs than private or nationally accredited schools.

Distance Education has been around for many many years.   Correspondence schools have been around long before the Internet started.  In recent years, as an individual you can get a formal degree and education via the Internet in the comfort and privacy of your home.    However, distance programs differ and vary by school.   Distance education programs can be from accredited or non-accredited schools.  Some distance education programs are now nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council, DETC (www.detc.org.)  Distance learning degrees are also being offered by many regionally accredited schools.     You should check the accreditation of any school you plan to attend and pick the right school based on your needs, future educational plans, and what your educational budget is. 

Many Regionally accredited schools will not accept transfer credits from Nationally accredited schools and vice versa. If you plan on obtaining a Master's degree or Ph.D. you should be aware of the school's accreditation before attending it to see if your coursework, Associate's degree or Bachelor's degree credits will transfer to graduate school or program you may be considering.

Another agency you should be familiar with is the American Council on Education, ACE. The ACE website is www.acenet.edu.     There are over 1800 colleges and schools that are members of ACE.

Non-accredited schools have not been accredited by any government or any independent agency.   Does this mean that non-accredited schools are bad or not worth attending?  Not necessarily!  Becoming an accredited school is voluntary.  Many schools start out as non-accredited schools and become accredited in the future once they get going, apply and pass the accreditation standards.   Some colleges and universities have been accredited by State Departments of Education, but are not regionally or nationally accredited, so be sure to check if they say they are accredited, find out by what accrediting agency.

If you are considering a particular job or employer you should check with the employer to find out which types of degrees, schools and accreditations they will recognize for employment qualification.  

Many of the current Internet based learning venues, technology based learning, mystery and philosophy schools are non-accredited schools. There are over 500 non-accredited universities in the United States. Some non-accredited schools and training providers offer specialized training or information for the learner for various purposes and in various forms. Many accredited schools now offer acceleration programs that allow you to acquire college credit from what you have learned at non accredited schools or through experience.   This can take the form of experiential learning programs, advanced placement testing or CLEP and DANTES exams to receive college credit.   You should inquire at the school you are considering regarding these acceleration methods for consideration.

Ewell Educational and Technology is a private non-accredited educational business.  We hold multiple degrees and industry certifications from both regionally accredited and non-accredited schools. We provide educational tools and services for the both the public and private sector, however we are Certified Technical Trainers in many areas. We teach both credit and non-credit courses at various accredited colleges and schools. Someday we may even become an actual University and seek accreditation.   See our learning concepts page.

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Sincerely,

Michael Ewell, Ewell Educational & Technology Services

   

 

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