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Michael76  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, March 10, 2020 4:50:35 AM(UTC)
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I work for the DOD (DOA currently) I'm at the point where I need to finish my college degree to move up within the DOD (currently a GS 07-07). I've been back in college for the last 6 months, and with transfer credits I only have about 11 months left of school to finish my BA in business (logistics/supply chain management and public administration double major). I'm attending CTU since it was the easiest way to finish my degree while working full time. My wife shared an article with me that says the VA is suspending GI Bill certifications for the school I am attending. I understand from the article that it won't affect me since I am already attending CTU.

But does anyone know if what's going on would affect how likely I am to get my next promotion from the DOD with a degree from a college that the VA suspended certifications? I had planned on going on to get my Masters in Business (Logistics) from CTU once I had finished my current program, but now I'm not so sure about that.
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If you look closely at any job application which asks for a college degree you'll see how non-accredited schools are treated. Essentially, a degree from a non-accredited institution (accredited under specified regulations) is not accepted.
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Although the VA may be suspending GI Bill certifications, they are not (cannot) remove a school's accreditation. There are online tools that you can use to check your school's accreditation through the Department of Education.

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I have worked in college stuff in my Fed career.

Army ROTC disqualifies peop,e who use for profit schools.

You resume from a for profit school will get you no where in a career
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To be a little clearer, HR could not care less where you obtained your degree, the only thing we care about is if you have an accredited degree or not. The degree could be from Harvard or from the Rocko Clubo school of typewriter maintenance, as long as it is accredited and in a related if (if required).

As for hiring officials, they can use whatever criteria they want. Some hiring officials place a great deal of emphasis on formal education others don't; and I believe the career field will also play into it. For example, if we are talking about professional positions (think STEM), then it will probably be more important; for other career fields (e.g., Contract Specialist) maybe not so much.
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As for hiring officials, they can use whatever criteria they want. Some hiring officials place a great deal of emphasis on formal education others don't; and I believe the career field will also play into it. For example, if we are talking about professional positions (think STEM), then it will probably be more important; for other career fields (e.g., Contract Specialist) maybe not so much.


For camp,e where I work when we hired 2 people for 2 vacant slots out of 5 doing similar things. We wanted one of them to be a PhD with research experience. It’s not required in the job description but it’s good to have because in our office we have a research piece. When looking at resumes getting a PhD from a for profit has even less credibility than a bachelors from a for profit.


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Why didn't you ask me? I'm a research PhD working for DA/DOD, with a REAL PhD. C'mon! If you don't ask, you don't get!
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You can check the accreditation at https://ope.ed.gov/dapip/#/home

I checked and Colorado Technical University is still accredited. It is accredited by the same accrediting body as the University of Colorado and Colorado State. The V.A. suspended them from getting new GI Bill money, no effect on accreditation. Now, maybe this will have a subsequent effect on the accreditation but not at this time. That being said, I don't think I would get another degree there, though. Look at CSU Global, the Distance Learning component of Colorado State. https://csuglobal.edu
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Even if they do decide it's not accredited, there's usually a date attached to it. Such as only degrees earned prior to xx date are acceptable. And should the school actually lose accreditation, usually people get to finish and call it an accredited degree--as long as you're in the final year. This happened with UAA's Teaching accreditation. All students that were scheduled to graduate in less than a year got to finish.
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Even if they do decide it's not accredited, there's usually a date attached to it. Such as only degrees earned prior to xx date are acceptable. And should the school actually lose accreditation, usually people get to finish and call it an accredited degree--as long as you're in the final year. This happened with UAA's Teaching accreditation. All students that were scheduled to graduate in less than a year got to finish.


Even it was accredited at the time it loses all credibility in valuing an applicants degree.

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