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I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in on this issue. As indicated by someone above, the HETA agreement has resulted in over 200 regionally accredited colleges and universities that will accept DETC accredited institutions' credits for transfer and their bachelors degrees as a basis for enrolling for masters degree programs.

If any of these institutions will not accept Grantham's credits, then it would be strictly because they do not believe Grantham's Academics are up to par in spite of their DETC accreditation. HETA removes the national vs. regional barriers of credit and degree transfer, but the schools are free to reject credits for other reasons.

I graduated from a DETC accredited college and I am eligible for Master's degree programs at so many Regionally Accredited schools that I'm having a hard time deciding. I sent transcripts to Capella, St. Leo, and University of Northern Alabama (all regionally accredited schools) and have been accepted for all three. Now I just have to pick one. The only reason I'm not mentioning my school by name is because I don't want to drag it's name into this rip-off discussion.

I'm not rebutting the assertion that Grantham's Credits are "worthless," but I definitely have to point out that DETC accredited institution's degrees are not worthless as a whole. All U.S. federal government jobs are open to DETC accredited degreeholders and all Florida state jobs are open to degree holders from institutions accredited by nationaly accredited (like DETC) institutions. From what I can tell this is true of most other states as well. I am sorry that Louisiana requires a regionally accredited degree for state jobs. If that is true, then they are out of step with the rest of the country, but then that is generally true of anything in Louisiana because of the French legal/political/social traditions there. My best friend lived ouside of New Orleans for 3 years, 20 years ago, and he claims it was like living in another country. I guess I'd better add that when I said "all" federal and Florida state jobs above, that excludes some professions like medicine, law, and engineering that have to have seperate accreditation from a professional association. Almost all professional associations, will only accredit regionally accredited institutions.

So in closing, I don't think you necessarily made a mistake going to a DETC accredited school, the mistake may have just been in choosing Grantham. I grant you that you could have gone to any regionlly accredited school and had much less problem transferring though. If you go to a DETC accredited school you have to have a plan for your future education and make sure that the DETC accredited school fits into the plan.

Here is a list of the regionally accredited schools that will accept DETC credits for transfer and will also accept the bachelors degrees toward post-graduate degrees (the list is growing). These colleges and universities can be proud to have demonstrated that they are forward-thinking, progressive institutions.

Adelphi University (Garden City, NY) Arcadia University (Glenside, PA) Bloomfield College (Bloomfield, NJ) Bucks County Community College (Newtown, PA) California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA) Capitol College (Laurel, MD) Cayuga Community College (Auburn, NY) Central Pennsylvania College (Summerdale, PA) College of Notre Dame of Maryland (Baltimore, MD) College of Southern Maryland (La Plata, MD) Columbia Union College (Takoma Park, MD) Cumberland County College (Vineland, NJ) Delaware State University (Dover, DE) Dowling College (Oakdale, NY) Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (Edinboro, PA) Felician College (Lodi, NJ) Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg, PA) Hilbert College (Hamburg, NY) Keystone College (La Plume, PA) Lackawanna College (Scranton, PA) Lincoln University (Lincoln University, PA) Marywood University (Scranton, PA) Medaille College (Buffalo, NY) Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY) Mount Saint Mary College (Newburgh, NY) Neumann College (Aston, PA) Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (Johnstown, PA) Saint Peter's College (Jersey City, NJ) Salem Community College (Carneys Point, NJ) Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA) Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (Slippery Rock , PA) Sullivan County Community College (Loch Sheldrake, NY) Thiel College (Greenville, PA) Trocaire College (Buffalo, NY) Universidad Adventista de las Antillas (Mayaguez, PR) University of the Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, VI) West Chester University (West Chester, PA) American Indian College of the Assemblies of God (Phoenix, AZ) Appalachian Bible College (Bradley, WV) Argosy University (Chicago, IL) Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR) Ashland University (Ashland, OH) Bay Mills Community College (Brimley, MI) Bellevue University (Bellevue, NE) Bellin College of Nursing (Green Bay, WI) Capella University (Minneapolis, MN) College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL) College of Saint Benedict (Saint Joseph, MN) College of Saint Benedict / Saint Johns University (Collegeville, MN) College of the Southwest (Hobbs, NM) Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI) Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH) Deaconess College of Nursing (St. Louis, MO) DICKINSON STATE UNIVERSITY (DICKINSON, ND) Divine Word College (Epworth, IA) Drake University (Des Moines, IA) Everest College - Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (Ankeny, IA) Franklin College (Franklin, IN) Franklin University (Columbus, OH) Friends University (Wichita, KS) Grace University (Omaha, NE) Grand Rapids Community College (GRAND RAPIDS, MI) Great Lakes Christian College (Lansing, MI) Harry S Truman College (Chicago, IL) Herzing College (Madison, WI) Indiana University East (Richmond, IN) Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN) Ivy Tech State College-Central Indiana (Indianapolis, IN) Jackson Community College (Jackson, MI) Kankakee Community College (Kankakee, IL) Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, MO) Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, KS) Lake Region State College (Devils Lake, ND) Lake Superior State University (Sault Ste. Marie, MI) Laramie County Community College (Cheyenne, WY) Lexington College (Chicago, IL) Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (Lincoln, IL) Lindenwood University (St. Charles, MO) McKendree College (Lebanon, IL) Mesalands Community College (Tucumcari, NM) Midstate College (Peoria, IL) Millikin University (Decatur, IL) Mohave Community College (Kingman, AZ) Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) Morton College (Cicero, IL) National Park Community College (Hot Springs National Park, AR) New Mexico State University (Las Cruces, NM) North Arkansas College (Harrison, AR) Northcentral University (Prescott, AZ) Northeast Iowa Community College (Calmar, IA) Northwood University (Midland , MI) Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR) Regis University (Denver, CO) Rio Salado College (Tempe, AZ) Saint Johns University (Collegeville, MN) Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (Saint Mary of the Woods, IN) Saint Paul College (St. Paul, MN) San Juan College (Farmington, NM) Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) Southwest Missouri State Univeristy (Springfield, MO) Southwestern Michigan College (Dowagiac, MI) Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford, OK) St. Louis Community College (St. Louis, MO) Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS) The University of South Dakota (Vermillion, SD) University of Arkansas at Monticello (Monticello, AR) University of Minnesota Duluth (Duluth, MN) University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) University of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ) University of Rio Grande (Rio Grande, OH) University of Southern Indiana (Evansville, IN) University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) Upper Iowa University -- Extended University (Fayette, IA) Urbana University (Urbana, OH) Vincennes University (Vincennes, IN) Viterbo University (La Crosse, WI) Waldorf College (Forest City, IA) Walsh College (Troy, MI) West Suburban College of Nursing (Oak Park, IL) Winona State University (Winona, MN) Colby-Sawyer College (New London, NH) College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME) Daniel Webster College (Nashua, NH) Dean College (Franklin, MA) Eastern Maine Community College (Bangor, ME) ICHM Cesar Ritz (Suffield, CT) Johnson & Wales University (Providence, RI) Kennebec Valley Community College (Fairfield, ME) Landmark College (Putney, VT) Middlesex Community College (Middletown, CT) Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH) Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) Regis College (Weston, MA) Southern Vermont College (Bennington, VT) Southern Vermont college (Bennington, VT) University of Maine at Farmington (Farmington, ME) Urban College of Boston (Boston, MA) Concordia University (Portland, OR) Fort Belknap College (Harlem, MT) George Fox University (Newberg, OR) Heritage University (Toppenish, WA) Olympic College (Bremerton, WA) The University of Montana (Missoula, MT) Truckee Meadows Community College (Reno, NV) Utah State University (Logan, UT) Western Governors University (Salt Lake City, UT) Wright State University (Dayton, OH) Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA) American Intercontinental University (Los Angeles, CA) Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, KY) Barry University (Miami Shores, FL) Brevard College (Brevard, NC) Bryan College (Dayton, TN) Cabarrus College of Health Sciences (Concord, NC) Carolinas College of Health Sciences (Charlotte, NC) Central Florida Community College (Ocala, FL) Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (Pineville , KY) College of the Mainland (Texas City, TX) Community College of the Air Force (Maxwell AFB, AL) Delta State University (Cleveland, MS) East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN) Elon University (Elon, NC) Florida Christian College (Kissimmee, FL) Florida National College (Hialeah, FL) Haywood Community College (Clyde, NC) Hiwassee College (Madisonvile, TN) Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) Lee College (Baytown, TX) Life University (Marietta, GA) Lincoln Memorial University (Harrogate, TN) Magnolia Bible College (Kosciusko, MS) Marymount University (Arlington, VA) Miami Dade College (Miami, FL) Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (Perkinston, MS) Motlow State Community College (Lynchburg, TN) New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (New Orleans, LA) North Harris Montgomery Community College District Northeast Texas Community College (Mt. Pleasant, TX) Parker College of Chiropractic (Dallas, TX) Pellissippi State Technical Community College (Knoxville, TN) Pensacola Junior College (Pensacola, FL) Regent University (Virginia Beach, VA) Saint Leo University (Saint Leo, FL) South College (Knoxville, TN) Southwest Georgia Technical College (Thomasville, GA) St. Andrews Presbyterian College (Laurinburg, NC) Sul Ross State University (Alpine, TX) Sullivan University (Louisville, KY) Technical College of the Lowcountry (Beaufort, SC) Thomas University (Thomasville, GA) Troy University (Troy, AL) Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA) Virginia Highlands Community College (Abingdon, VA) Walters State Community College (Morristown, TN) Warner Southern College (Warner Southern College, FL) Wayland Baptist University (Plainview , TX) Wilkes Community College (Wilkesboro, NC) City College of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) Feather River College (Quincy, CA) Lake Tahoe Community College (South Lake Tahoe , CA) San Diego City College (San Diego, CA) Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA) California State University - Bakersfield (Bakersfield, CA) California State University, Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA) Hope International University School of Professional Studies Pacific Christian College of Hope International University Touro University International (Cypress, CA) University of Guam (Mangilao, GU) University of Judaism (Los Angeles, CA) Penn State is not a transfer option, but there are still other good transfer possibilities….. The United State Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are the agencies who recognize accrediting bodies. DETC and the six regionals are equally recognized by both of these agencies. In the past, transfer between DETC and regionally accredited schools was very difficult. However, the number of regionally accredited schools willing to accept DETC credits (such as those earned at Grantham) has been steadily increasing. In fact, CHEA recently created something called the Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA). Over 200 regionally accredited institutions have voluntarily signed on this alliance. By doing so, they are indicating that they will not reject credits from another school simply because that school is accredited by a different but equally recognized body such as DETC. Thus, there are plenty of regionally accredited schools that WILL accept Grantham credits. Unfortunately, as one poster above noted, Penn State is not one of them, and to the best of my knowledge, neither is Thomas Edison State College (imo a lousy rip-off school anyhow). So, if you are looking to transfer your Grantham credits to a traditional college or university, your best bet would be to visit the CHEA website and search the HETA database of participating schools. CHEA's website can be found at Once there, click on “databases and directories”, then “search HETA”, and see which schools in your area have signed on to the agreement.
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