Monday, February 13, 2012

"Ex-Gay" DL Foster's Integrity Challenge

DL Foster
Updated February 17. DL Foster is yet another "ex-gay" whack job running a ministry for fun and profit. Foster seems to be Peter LaBarbera's crackpot of the week. RightWingWatch is reporting that Foster claims that Dan Savage should be arrested for the "It Gets Better" campaign. According to Foster; "You know, homosexual kids are still killing themselves after believing his message."

Stupid is one thing. Dishonesty another. Here are a couple of images from Foster's organization website:

So who is going to "counsel" people "out of homosexuality into holiness?"

  • Foster is a junior college graduate.
  • "Dr." Jennings purchased her PhD from an unaccredited school.
  • "Dr." Davis purchased her PhD from a school accredited by a Christian group not recognized as an accreditor by the U.S. Department of Education.
In other words, both of the women have unrecognized, utterly worthless "vanity" post-graduate degrees. Their asserting a PhD in a counseling position is, in my opinion, misleading.


Update: A couple of commenters have suggested that my evaluation of credentials provided by non-accredited institutions is unfair. Accordingly, I removed some verbiage about "fraud" which was hyperbolic.

People have a choice of institutions. National accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education assures both the student and the public that a degree conveys an appropriate level of erudition and accomplishment.

Individual states may choose to recognize credentials from unaccredited institutions. For example, Orly Taitz has a mail-order degree that she PURCHASED from an unaccredited law school. Yet she was still admitted to the California Bar. However, due to the lack of accreditation she is not admitted to the US Bar. Accreditation means something.

In general, schools are unaccredited because they do not meet the standards for national accreditation. Those standards are quite rigorous and accreditation is a multi-year process starting with the formation of a steering committee and a self-evaluation report. The review includes a wide range of criteria from faculty governance to administrative experience. The very fact that someone attends an unaccredited school can be telling. Given that the lack of accreditation denies the student federal financial aid under Title IV, it might mean that the student is seeking a shortcut to obtaining a credential from an institution with more rigorous standards.

Nevertheless, I provide unmoderated comments to allow opposing points of view to be expressed.

If Foster didn't know     he should have known.
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4 comments:

  1. Natalie Davis, did not pay for her PHD, Pillsbury College & Seminary was granted "exemption" by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education on August 19, 1992. That is apart of the Missouri Department of Education.

    I assume you were referring to her NCCA affiliations, yes it is a christian organization, but duh!!! she is a christian counselor!!!

    You should recant that info!!!

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    1. I usually don't reply to comments but I will make an exception. The Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education is NOT an accrediting agency. The standards for state approval and for recognized accreditation are entirely different. If one obtains a degree from an unaccredited institution then they have "purchased" that degree. There are, by the way, four faith-based accrediting organizations recognized by the US Department of Education:

      Association for Biblical Higher Education Commission on Accreditation
      Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools Accreditation Commission
      Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
      Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Accreditation Commission

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    2. Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education is a board established by the MO Dept of Education, you stated that ""Dr." Davis purchased her PhD from a school accredited by a Christian group not recognized as an accreditor by the U.S. Department of Education.", the board had to recognize the school to declare them exempt. http://dhe.mo.gov/cbhe/

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    3. One last time. People have a choice of institutions. National accreditation recognized by the US Department of Education assures both the student and the public that a degree conveys an appropriate level of erudition and accomplishment. Missouri's CBHE is most certainly not an accrediting commission.

      Individual states may choose to recognize credentials from unaccredited institutions. For example, Orly Taitz has a mail-order degree that she PURCHASED from an unaccredited law school. Yet she was still admitted to the California Bar. However, due to the lack of accreditation she is not admitted to the US Bar. Accreditation means something.

      I provide unmoderated comments to allow opposing points of view. Yours has been expressed.

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