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Old 08-02-2007, 03:59 AM
d1684 d1684 is offline
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Default St. Alcuin House Seminary?

Ever heard of this one? http://www.stalcuinhouse.org/ Under Accreditation they say "Our program is approved by Oxford Educational Network/Wolsey Hall and we hold membership in hte Association of Christian Librarians." I haven't heard anything bad about them.
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Old 08-02-2007, 05:00 PM
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Default Haven't heard anything bad? Read some more!

Hi -

I read a l-o-n-g thread on this place on another forum - maybe degreeinfo.com or degreeboard.com. The long-time members were really thumbs-down on it. It appears to be a school with no CHEA-recognized accreditation, headquartered in Blaine, Minnesota. As a religious school, it doesn't have to be accredited. If an unaccredited religious degree meets your needs then OK, look at it. Otherwise, avoid it.

I have no personal experience with the school, but the idea of mail-order Doctoral degrees DEFINITELY raises all the alarm bells!

The Oxford Educational Network www.oxfordeducationalnetwork.com does not appear to be an accreditor. Pay $2500 and you're a member. Pay $1000 a year to keep belonging. Their page gives a long history of Cardinal Wolsey, Wolsey House and Oxford University but I perceived no indication they have any real connection either to his Eminence or the institutions. They give an impressive list of the real Oxford's colleges and then say verbatim that "in their entirety, these Colleges are not members of Oxford Educational Network." Curiously, there is NO info on the site as to where Oxford Educational Network has headquarters or offices!

One of the schools that IS a member of this "Oxford Network" is IUFS -International University for Fundamental Studies, St. Petersburg, Russia, Dr. Shanti Jayasekara, President. This place has been thoroughly kicked around in all the fora - well-known mill-fighter Dr. George Gollin (University of Illinois) has denounced it as a "goatbag" and its leaders as "Duck Men."

I would NOT want to go anywhere near a school sharing affiliations with IUFS, just for that one reason.

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Old 08-03-2007, 03:31 AM
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Did not know they weren't well liked. They did seem kind of persickity about the Thesis (as in so many inches for margins, etc., nobody does that anymore).

Thanks for the info.
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:53 PM
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Good morning from Pensacola, Florida!

I received a full scholarship from St. Alcuin House and just finished my Doctor in Humane Letters. I had been studying for almost two years. One also participates in discussion groups via e-mail; these are courses. For example, the Justice and Ethics course took 3 months to finish. It was not easy by any means.

There is a course coming up in November called The Christian Year and it is going to take 12-13 months to complete.

Overall, I have found that St. Alcuin House's work is more difficult than Andersonville Theological Seminary and the staff, especially Dr. Peter Riola, was incredibly nice.

In Christ,
Robb Lawson
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:38 PM
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Overall, I have found that St. Alcuin House's work is more difficult than Andersonville Theological Seminary ....
I've nothing for/against it personally, but some folks over on DD don't seem to like ATS very much...they even have multiple uncomplimentary threads. Here's one. http://www.degreediscussion.com/foru...nde rsonville

In any case, although studies at St. Alcuin's house hold no interest for me, I'm glad you had a good experience there. Still don't like the fact that they belong to the same organization as much-despised IUFS. Both the Non-Oxford org. and IUFS present a thoroughly bogus appearance to me. I don't think either is a good place for a religious school to be associated with - but unfortunately, such circumstances are all too common.

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