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Is it easier for a nationally accredited school to change the course layout than it is for a regionally accredited one?


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2011-09-13 02:35:37
2011-09-13 02:35:37

Most schools will let you graduate under the requirements for the year you entered if they change the requirements. They will also let you graduate under the current requirements if you choose to change.

AnswerNo school should be changing the curriculum, unless it is to update with the changing times. When you decide to persue a degree, you should know going in, what classes you are going to be expected to take. Halfway through, the school changes the classes or the amount of classes, is or should be a violation of a contract, the contract that says I am going to school with you, you are going to receive this amount of money and this is what I expect to get back in the way of an education. Nationally accredited schools have more of a focus on the degree itself then a regionally accredited school. Look at the classes one would take the first year as proof.


The "contract" notion has not always stood up in court, and many changes occur which are never even challenged and tested. Schools change tuition and fees all the time. Faculty who are leaders in a student's chosen field of specialization move, retire, or die, and no one is able to take over the program. Programs that are funded on so-called "soft" money -- grants -- lose their funding and collapse. Courses that are under-enrolled are postponed or dropped.

States have been known to impose on students course requirments that were not in the original catalog. A case in New Jersey entailed a newly-imposed requirement that all students enrolled in a teacher-training program be required to complete a year of training in the teaching of reading. That requirement was imposed on the graduating class, which sued the state under the claim that the catalog under which they entered was a "contract." The students lost.


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