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From: Dr Gosia O'Reilly (59.167.207.152)
Subject:         In relation to UNH
Date: September 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm PST

In Reply to: Leah's response to Doug's Rebuttal posted by MM on September 1, 2014 at 4:32 pm:

UNH, University of Natural Health, is this the one?:
http://www.unh-edu.org/

The claim on their front page is that they are accredited. But here I read they are in fact not accredited by a recognized agency (that would have powers to grant formal accreditation):
"claims accreditation by the Hygienic Doctors Association an Unrecognized Accreditation Association of Higher Learning" [1] [2]

If so, then this means that UNH is not formally accredited and their 'PhD' course (http://www.naturalhealthcollege.org/programs/doctor-of-philosophy-in-holistic-nutrition.php) is not an accredited PhD - and would be rejected in academic circles worldwide.

Also, I am surprised that a few units and "3000 words" thesis would be sufficient for them to grant a 'PhD'??

Normally in Australia, a pathway to a PhD involve completing a 4-year tertiary-level degree with Honours at an accredited university, followed by about 3.5-year intense research accompanied with publications in peer-reviewed international journals and a very substantial research thesis.

"Unaccredited institutions of higher education are colleges, trade schools, seminaries, and universities which do not have formal educational accreditation." [3]

"In Australia, it is a criminal offense to use the term "university" or to purport to offer university degrees (Bachelors, Masters, Doctors) without government authorization."[3]

In USA, the federal government "maintains a list of valid, reliable, independent accrediting agencies, including private organizations and, for vocational schools, state accrediting agencies. The agency maintains a complete list of accredited institutions and programs online". [3]

"Criminal penalties may apply should such a degree be fraudulently presented in lieu of one from an accredited school."[3]

For more on accrediation in USA, see [4].

References:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:List_of_unaccredited_institutions_of_higher_education/Institutions_removed_from_list_for_lack_of_sourcing_or_other_issues
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unrecognized_higher_education_accreditation_organizations
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unaccredited_institutions_of_higher_education
[4] google: U.S. Department of Education website, Accreditation in the United States,Overview of Accreditation (the editor won't let me post the direct link for some reason, sorry)

Gosia
(http://blog.rawgosia.com/about/)

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