Non-Student Recommendations

To whom it may concern:

My books on non-traditional higher education have sold more than 300,000 copies, and are widely regarded as the standard reference works in this field. For more than twenty years, I have been researching and writing about degree-granting institutions, both accredited and unaccredited.

Some people argue, in effect, that if a school is not accredited, then it is a degree mill.

This is nonsense. For one thing, every school is unaccredited when it begins. For another thing, there are schools which, by their very nature, are academically sound, legitimately and sincerely run, appropriately licensed, but unlikely ever to gain "traditional" accreditation because of the innovative or experimental or non-traditional nature of their programs. Some such schools succumb to the lure of the many unrecognized (and thus useless) accrediting associations (some of which will accredit anyone who pays the fee), and, thankfully, some like Columbia Evangelical Seminary do not succumb.

In evaluating an unaccredited school, the two crucial questions that must be asked are these: who are the people behind it (and what are their credentials), and what is the quality of work being asked of, and done by, the students. On both of these criteria, in my opinion, Columbia Evangelical Seminary looks good. Fortunately, this is something that can be independently verified. Look at the credentials of Dr. Walston and his colleagues. And look at the work of the students. If this is done fairly, I think most people would agree that Columbia Evangelical Seminary is true to its mission statement, and offers its students both an education and a credential of which they can be justly proud.

John B. Bear , Ph.D. (Michigan State University, 1966).
Author, Bears' Guide to Earning College Degrees Nontraditionally (over 300,000 in print).
Diploma mill consultant to FBI, 1979-1992.
North American distributor for courses of the Edinburgh Business School (Heriot-Watt
University) MBA by distance learning (12,000+ students).
Phone 510-528-3984
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Mail: 6921, Stockton Ave., El Cerrito, CA 94530

To whom it may concern:

Besides my theological degree from TEDS, my other degrees have been in engineering (Aeronautical, Electrical/Computer, Geophysical). This dual background has given me a unique perspective on Christian education which heavily involves use of current computer technology (multimedia, CD-ROMs, Internet, 'smart' applications using artificial intelligence). It is my vision for Columbia Evangelical Seminary to develop along these lines . . . to make use of technology to offer theological education similar to the approach taken by the Open University in England for general education.

What the Church desperately needs today is Pastors better trained in APOLOGETICS...and better equipped to make use of TECHNOLOGY. If Columbia Evangelical Seminary has the vision to provide this, then more power to them!

Richard V. Boyd, Ph.D. (University of Arizona, 1993)
MDiv. (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 1974)

To whom it may concern:

I am very selective about making endorsements. I find making this one for Columbia Evangelical Seminary a pleasure. I am most pleased with the quality of the programing that has been developed at the school. The students are a delight to work with. The level and quality of the course work is impressive.

Gregg Jantz, Ph.D.
Director The Center for Counseling and Health Resources, Inc.
State Licensed Mental Health Agency

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