Accreditation

Non-Accredited….Non-Traditional
But Equivalent

Blue Marble University degrees have been deemed equivalent to U.S. universities by a prominent and authoritative foreign education reviewer registered with the United States Department of Education (click on image to make bigger):

Blue Marble University Certificate of Recognition. June 26, 2021. Be it known that the Academic Board has evaluated the Curricula of Blue Marble University, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, and finds the Curricula equivalent to that of regionally accredited universities in the United States of America. The world’s foremost authority on foreign education credentials, CUFCE, has passed upon the doctoral program offerings of Blue Marble University and found them equivalent to US colleges and university. The equivalency of Blue Marble University doctoral degrees to US collegesa nd universities now certified by CUFCE, the leading authority on foreign education review. Blue Marble University now accredited by CUFCE, California University Foreign Credential Evaluation Service, as being the same as any regionally accredited US college or university

The Certificate of Recognition states: Be it known that the Academic Board has evaluated the Curricula of Blue Marble University, Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, and finds the Curricula equivalent to that of regionally accredited universities in the United States of America.

California University FCE is a member of The American Evaluation Association recommended by the United States Department of Education. California University FCE does not issue college degrees per se, but degree equivalency, which requires the same scope and breadth of knowledge as someone who has actually completed a nationally or regionally accredited college program. California University FCE equivalency-degree evaluations are generally accepted for immigration as well as Federal, State and private employment. https://californiauniversity.edu.pe

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. If you were to attend a university overseas, it would not be “accredited”. This is confirmed  by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management:  “Most foreign education is not accredited by an accrediting body that is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education”. [ Accessed June 29, 2021. US Office of Personnel Management, Foreign Education  ]

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.

What the United States Department of Education 
Says About Accreditation and Foreign Education

(1) Accreditation of a US  educational institution is voluntary.

As of September 2020, the US Department of Education said this:

“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”

[“Rethinking Higher Education-Accreditation Reform”, Page 1, United States Department of Education, accessed September 17, 2020 from the official website, “Accreditation: Postsecondary Education Institutions” https://www.ed.gov/accreditation ]


(2) Accreditation of a US institution is required for Student Aid.

“In order for students to receive federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education (Department) for postsecondary study, the institution must be accredited by a ‘nationally recognized’ accrediting agency”.  Accessed June 29, 2021. https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/accreditation.html

(3) Foreign Education Deemed Equivalent is Acceptable for Federal employment.

Foreign Education — Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. [Accessed June 29, 2021. US Federal Employment Office

(4) Foreign Degrees Can Be Recognized by Any Employer Alone

“Recognition of Foreign Qualifications-

In the United States, the competent authorities for recognizing previous education and qualifications include entities such as the following:

    • Education Institutions (for those seeking to study)
    • Employers (for those seeking employment)
    • State-Level Licensing Authorities (for those seeking professional licensure)
    • Federal Immigration Authorities (for those seeking to obtain/change visa status)

In some instances, the entities mentioned above will evaluate foreign credentials themselves. However, in most instances, they will request that you obtain a credential evaluation to determine how one’s non-U.S. credentials compare with U.S. credentials
[ Accessed June 29, 2021. Official Website. US Dept of Education, International Affairs Office   ]

(5) Accreditation Does Not Guaranty Acceptance by Any Institution or Employer

“Accreditation does not provide automatic acceptance by an institution of credit earned at another institution, nor does it give assurance of acceptance of graduates by employers. Acceptance of students or graduates is always the prerogative of the receiving institution or employer. For these reasons, besides ascertaining the accredited status of a school or program, students should take additional measures to determine, prior to enrollment, whether or not their educational goals will be met through attendance at a particular institution.” [Accessed June 21, 2021. [ US Dept of Education Official Website  ]

Lost in the haze of the accreditation blizzard is the fact that accreditation is only required to obtain student loans, not for anything else. The main 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,  whose tuition fees are so low, you don’t need a student loan. 

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.

Does this mean everyone will accept your credentials?? No. There is a lot of educational snobbery and arrogance in the halls of academia. Sometimes even online degrees from USA accredited colleges are not accepted.  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 any  dissertation completed by a student in a program that is important and not so much whether a program is “accredited”.

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.

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