Blue Marble University is a virtual university offering distance education programs at a very affordable cost…so affordable, you won’t need any student loans. Are we accredited? No, and we don’t have to be. Even the United States Department of Education agrees, stating in their December 2018 report “Rethinking higher Education-Accreditation Reform”:
“Postsecondary accreditation is a voluntary process in that a college or university need not be accredited in order to provide instruction or confer academic degrees”. [Reference at Page 1: US Dept of Education 2018:Rethinking Higher Education: Accreditation Reform]
Accreditation is applicable only to US colleges and universities and does not apply to international educational institutions, such as Blue Marble University.
It is nonsense for you to be told or for you to believe that in furthering your education, you must only consider US accredited schools or colleges. This is an institutionalized propaganda that has been developed by powerful status quo forces over the last 10-15 years. Websites that pretend to give guidance on educational programs have been largely created by the consortium of institutions they recommend! Are any alternative or non-traditional education institutions ever mentioned or reviewed?? Never.
Traditional Accreditation is not applicable to online universities according to the United States Department of Education:
2012 (November): US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said this of online colleges, “The existing accreditation system was not designed to accommodate them and it would be a mistake to try to bend or warp its mission to do so. It can’t be done.”
Our Programs Are Deemed Equivalent To US Doctoral Degrees
by Foreign Education Evaluators
Our doctoral degrees, as most foreign education degrees, are accepted in the USA as being equivalent to a regionally accredited USA college or university, as determined by a professional foreign credentials evaluation service. We are “equivalent” because all of our doctoral degrees are comprised of a minimum 72 trimester credit hours, the minimum required in the USA. If you were to attend a university overseas, it would not be “accredited”. Yet many people with overseas education use that education in the USA. They have their degrees approved as equivalent to a regionally accredited USA college or university by one of the many foreign education credential evaluation services.
Because all of our doctoral programs require a minimum of 72 trimester credits of study, they are equivalent to the minimum requirements for a regionally accredited USA college or university doctoral degree. Therefore, graduates of our doctoral programs are qualified for most state and federal jobs based on our degree being equivalent to a USA doctoral degree. Graduates can if needed and for a nominal fee usually receive a certificate from various foreign credential evaluators to the effect that the doctoral degree issued by Blue Marble University is equivalent to a doctoral degree issued by a regionally accredited USA college or university.
After exhaustive study, we are very comfortable skipping the US accreditation process ENTIRELY. In the entire history of US accreditation, only one wholly online college has been accredited (Jones University), and the howls and complaints that came down from the towers of academia have made it pretty clear that no further accreditations for purely online colleges will ever occur again.
Being a foreign educational institution whose degrees are accepted for employment in the US based on equivalency with accredited colleges and universities as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service is the way for us to go.
The only value to attending an accredited institution is that you will qualify for federal loan programs which you will need to pay for it!! Only “accredited” institutions qualify for USA student loans. This is totally irrelevant to Blue Marble University, which charges as low as $2950/yr for a doctoral program…you don’t need a student loan…and we even offer a no interest payment plan.
We have decided that we no longer have any interest in trying to be a part of the Old Educational Establishment. Nor do we have any interest in acquiring accreditation from one of the many fake accreditors just so we can pretend to be part of the old system. We rather be part of the new, vibrant, and innovative parallel education system which is rapidly developing. This new universe of education is sometimes referred to as “alternative education”, sometimes as “non-traditional education”.
Of course, whether or not your prospective employer accepts your credentials depends on many factors. It is convenient to assert: “Your degree is from an online college”. However, most employers now understand and see the value in alternative, non-traditional education, and if they feel you can contribute to their operation and success, you will be hired. They realize that it is the body of work and dissertation completed by a student in a program that is important and not so much whether a program is “accredited”.