Warning: Rant Follows
I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it: one of my goals in my life at work is to add value. Sometimes that means going to bat for students. One situation I find myself having to help students with all the time is with the recognition of our University with US colleges and universities.
In fact, it’s fast becoming a pet peeve of mine: HEY! US SCHOOLS *KNOCK KNOCK* Canadian Universities aren’t regionally accredited because Canada doesn’t have regional accreditation. Stop telling our students they can’t get into your graduate programs because TWU isn’t regionally accredited!
What I end up doing several times a month is sending some college or university official who hasn’t done his homework a letter explaining how things work in a country that is outside the US borders. Every time I do so, I wonder if that official would reject an applicant from Oxford University or Tianjin University because they aren’t regionally accredited. It seems silly to me to have to explain that a top-ranked University in Canada is actually a credible institution, yet I have to do so all too often.
If you’d like a copy of my standard form letter so you can modify it for your own use to help educate another institution of higher learning, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org