Degree of Distance Learning

Professional recognition of distance learning

The professional reputation of a person depends largely on his achievements and skills, but also for his education (degree and / or diploma). For this reason, the completion of a degree program for adults to improve someone’s career, through distance learning, is valid as attend classes in a traditional campus. In fact, a perfectly valid degree can be legitimately earned through a university distance learning as Selinus University. The completion of a degree program for adults demonstrates an undeniable level of willpower, responsibility, motivation and personal organization. These skills are highly valued by businesses and explain why human resource managers estimate those employees who earn degrees away.

The recognition of non-formal studies

The Selinus University is a provider of non-formal education or non-traditional adult students. The study programs non-traditional do not follow the rules of a Ministry of Education because they are not standard but tailored to measure for student necessity. For certain government positions, for certain occupations or occupational licenses obtained his degree in a  institution of Distance learning like the University Selinus it can not be used.

Selinus University degree of distance learning is valid for many purposes. SUSL degree programs for adults can be legalized internationally to facilitate recognition.

University titles of distance education and academic transcripts released by SUSL can be internationally legalized with The Hague Apostille (for Hague signatory countries) or Consulate Legalization (for non-Hague signatory countries). This type of legalization, at times, is required by government institutions as a guarantee of validity as officially certify their signatures, the legality and legitimacy of the documents issued by any  Institution of Distance Learning , such as SUSL. This legalization process does not necessarily guarantee the final acceptance of a degree program for adults. Before enrolling in any degree program for adults SUSL, verify its regular acceptance requirements of the distance learning degree. In many countries, government institution, working for the official validation of non-formal education. For example the European Union in 2012, the formal systems of higher education and universities were merged in the Bologna process. Currently, European countries are facing growing pressure to recognize the full range of an individual’s knowledge, skills and competencies, which requires new approaches to validate these learning experiences. This is why the Commission presented a proposal for a Council Recommendation calling on EU governments to establish systems for validation after 2015.

The accreditation of distance learning

Higher education is normally controlled and monitored by the national government, which promulgates higher education policy. As free markets, open borders, and individualism around the world, many nations are adapting a more liberal distance, competitive and diversified learning higher education system. Accreditation is one of the main factors behind this global trend. Accreditation is an institutional process that evaluates the distance teaching methods of the various universities and educational institutions while respecting their autonomy and specificity. It also ensures academic quality through regular review. The distance learning universities normally strive to gain accreditation to demonstrate their quality of their academic programs. The process of accreditation is non-governmental and voluntary. University normally calls for the accreditation of a private association, regional and / or professional and submit an application. The credit institution shall evaluate the universities and grants accreditation if deemed satisfactory. Selinus the University of Sciences and Literature is accredited by the EQAC (Education Quality Accreditation Commission), and WRCDE (World Council For Regular and Distance Education). Note that each accrediting organization keeps its accreditation criteria, there are no accreditation standards worldwide.

Accreditation in the United States

In the United States of America (USA), there are no Federal Ministry of Education and / or centralized authority to exercise a unanimous national control over postsecondary educational institutions. As a result, US educational institutions vary widely in quality and specificity of their programs. The accreditation becomes an increasingly important issue (not only in the US), especially when it comes to assessing and officially recognize a degree obtained through the distance learning or an educational program for adults.

The Selinus University is accredited by EQAC and is a member of several international organizations. It meets quality standards of many distance education organizations in different countries and is working hard to get more credits in the world. However, none of these international bodies are recognized by the Accreditation Council higher education in the United States (CHEA-USA), a non-governmental independent association of nearly 3,000 traditional degree-granting universities. This council officially recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations that provide voluntary self-regulation processes and to ensure academic quality. In the United States, the CHEA accreditation is important for two main reasons: first, it provides academic quality in a country whose constitution establishes freedom of education. Second, it distributes US Federal grants only to its members and not to distance learning of higher education organizations. It ‘important to note that accreditation is not equivalent to legality and / or recognition; it is simply a non-governmental and voluntary process quality standardization.

Acceptance of the Academic Degree to distance.

In USA many institutions are reluctant to accept credits from a non-formal university or from an accredited institution not CHEA. In some cases, the credit partial transfer is accepted. Note that the credit, including that granted by CHEA-USA, does not automatically provide the acceptance of a degree obtained at a distance, nor does it guarantee its acceptance by hiring companies. For these reasons, it is the student’s responsibility to check with his employer if the degree of SUSL can be acpted. The Selinus University has adopted the higher education specifications established by the European Union (European Credit Transfer System [ECTS]) as well as (Common Practices Accreditation [GAAP]) United States of America. Learning degrees at a distance of SUSL include transcripts of credits according to the European guidelines of higher education: 2 SUSL Credit = 1 USA semester credit = 1 ECTS

The education system adopted by Selinus University complies with the provisions of the European Union. This represents an important reference standard. However, this standard does not affect the state recognition of the degree courses for adults of SUSL, which is entirely discretionary. The SUSL is constantly looking for more recognition of its distance learning a dynamic and effective system of higher education.

Consumer protection at a university distance learning

Degrees issued by Selinus University in the world, does not require the authorization of the Ministries of Education. The operating authorities and government recognition of Selinus University is based on its statutes, approved by the Register of Companies of the Government of Dominica (Act No. 10 of 1996) which provides the Selinus University of Sciences and Literature Ltd have the legal authority to operate as an International Commercial Private University. The incorporation documents duly apostilled as laid down by the Hague Convention of 1961 are legally recognized around the world. Selinus University of Sciences and Literature Ltd holds the Certificate of Incorporation and Certificate of Good Standing from the Commonwealth of Dominica government that is a member of the British Commonwealth, the International Organization of La Francophonie and UNESCO. Selinus The University is also registered  in Italy at the Chamber of Commerce of Bologna.

Professional practice for graduates with distance learning

Prospective students SUSL are advised to check before enrollment, if graduating from the University Selinus is suitable to their professional goals and work. Indeed, requirements and restrictions for a particular profession vary widely across countries. Some jobs require degrees, recognized only by the Ministry of Education, while others accept an online degree with legalized Hague Apostille or approved by a professional association. Normally, today, in the competitive system work, it is important the real capacity of a person and his competence. In fact, no company takes a person only on the basis of his degree. Employment requires various talks: for jobs it is very important  the real skill behind a degree, not a degree in itself.

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