Subject: Re: Creationist credentials Summary: Bogus Degrees ? Below, I try to update infor
Subject: Re: Creationist credentials
Summary: Bogus Degrees ?
Below, I try to update information on schools listed in James Merrit'a
article on "Creationist Credentials." The source of my information is entirely
"Bear's Guide to Earning Non-Traditional College Degrees," 10th Ed. Where
used below, the word "Accreditation" refers to accreditation by one of the
recognized Regional Accrediting Agencies, OR by the (legitimate) American
Association of Bible Colleges. California has a three tier system: At the
low end are "Authorized" schools. More highly scrutinized are "Approved"
schools. "Accredited" schools are accredited by the regional Accrediting
In article <8911011850.AA05469@aplstar.jhuapl.edu> jwm@APLSTAR.JHUAPL.EDU (James W. Meritt) writes:
> Dr. Carl Baugh, a fundamentalist Missouri Baptist minister with no
> scientific background, claims to be an archaeologist. He also claims
> to have a Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology in
> Glendale. When a local skeptic checked with the primary organization
> responsible for accreditation (The Western Association of Schools and
> Colleges), he was informed that this "graduate school" has not been
> accredited. Reverend Baugh claims to have found "human" footprints
> that measure nearly forty inches from heel to toe.
California Graduate School of Theology is "Approved" by the state of
California (A step up from "Authorized.") but is not accredited. All degrees
are in theology. Credit is given for "experiential learning."
> Dr. Richard Bliss, a member of the ICR staff, has claimed to have a
> D.Ed. from the University of Sarasota located in Florida. In the 1984
> spring issue of "Scientific Integrity", William V. Mayer pointed out
> that this university has been characterized by the "Philadelphia
> Inquirer" as a diploma mill in a Florida motel (see Lovejoy's College
> Catalog). Bliss has accused evolutionary scientists of "intellectual
> dishonesty". He also claims to be "a recognized expert in the field of
> science education" and is co-author of a "two-model" book that is being
> pushed for use in the public school system.
Bear lists the "University of Sarasota" as a "short residency" (total
residency may be as short as six weeks) school. The school is the equivalent
of California "Approved," but is not accredited.
> Dr. Clifford Burdick of the CSRC (Creation Science Research Center)
> is a "flood" geologist who has spent forty years trying to prove that
> giant humans once roamed the earth and even mingled with the dinosaurs.
> Burdick has displayed a copy of his Ph.D. from the University of
> Physical Sciences (Phoenix, Arizona) in the Glen Rose Creation Evidence
> Museum. However, the State of Arizona Board of Regents, the University
> of Arizona Department of Geology, and the Arizona State Bureau of
> Geology and Mineral Technology have never heard of this "university."
Bear hasn't heard of this school either. There appears to be a "University of
Psychic Sciences," in National City, California.
> Dr. Kelly Segraves, director of the CSRC, listed himself as M.A.
> and D.Sc. on the 1975 CSRC letterhead. After having it called into
> question, Segraves dropped the D.Sc. in 1981 and now lists "D.R.E." in
> its place. Segraves has claimed that his D.Sc. is honorary from
> Christian University, yet a computer search indicated that the only
> university with that name is located in Jakarta, Indonesia. The next
> closest match is a Bible College called Indiana Christian University
> (see below). Segraves claims to have received his M.A. from Sequoia
> University in 1972 but Bette Chambers discovered that there is no such
> place. The closest name match is a Sequoia College in California,
> which only offers two year associate degrees and has no record of any
> student named Kelly Segraves. Note that "D.R.E." is a doctorate of
> religious education and does not qualify as a scientific degree.
There are or were several "National Christian University," in Richardson,
(Texas), Dallas, and apparently Oklahoma City and/or Missouri. Bear can
offer no other information, except that "National Christian" appears on a
European list of degree mills. There is a "Christian International
University" in Phoenix, Arizona (which was established in Texas in 1967, and
moved to Arizona in 1977 when "the Lord provided a central home"). The only
staff member listed as having a Doctorate is the President, whose degree is
from...National Christian University. CIU is the the equivalent of California
"Authorized," but not Accredited.
Sequoia University did exist, in California and Oklahoma, but a judge in Los
Angeles, in 1984, issued a permanent injunction to cease operations "until it
complies with the state education laws." The "university" offered degrees in
osteopathic medicine [another sci.skeptic thread here ? :-)], religious
studies, hydrotherapy, and physical sciences.
> Dr. Harold S. Slusher of the ICR claims to have an honorary D.Sc.
> from Indiana Christian University and a Ph.D. from Columbia Pacific
> University. Robert J. Schadewald recently discovered that Indiana
> Christian University is a Bible College with only a 1/2 man graduate
> science department, and Columbia Pacific University is nonaccredited.
"Indiana Christian University" is unknown to Bear. Columbia Pacific University,
in San Rafael, California, is California "Approved," but not Accredited.
Of listed faculty, 23% have their own Doctorate from ... Columbia Pacific
Incidentally, ICR lost it approval to grant graduate science degree last year.
The school has appealed but is expected to lose its reapproval appeal.
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