Item description for Walston's Guide to Christian Distance Learning, 5th Edition by Rick Walston...
Is that college or seminary you are considering a credible school? Walston's Guide identifies hundreds of good schools through which students can earn Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral degrees off campus. For many school counselors, administrators, registrars, accrediting agencies, denominations, employers, and prospective students, Walston's Guide has become the standard by which Christian distance learning is evaluated. A "must read" when conducting thorough background work. I recognized many of my alma maters, and I felt right at home with L.I.A.R.S. a bogus organization identified in the book]. In fact, I believe I even met some of their school officials, when I investigated Degree Mills for the FBI. Allen Ezell, FBI Special Agent (Retired), headed the agency's diploma mill task force known as DipScam Walston's Guide is an excellent and comprehensive resource for identifying and describing both accredited and non-accredited distance learning degree programs . . . It is used by this office, along with other widely recognized higher education directories. Dr. Russell G. Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools Walston's Guide serves as one of our primary sources of information in responding to inquiries. We cannot overstate its usefulness to us Dr. Randall E. Bell, Associate Director, Association for Biblical Higher Education Walston's Guide is the first place I look when I need a tough but fair evaluation and description of a school offering religious degrees by distance learning. It is a most valuable resource for students, registrars, human resource professionals, and the media. Dr. John B. Bear, Author of Bear's Guide To Earning Degrees Nontraditionally Dr. Rick Walston is well known as an expert in Christian distance learning. He has been researching and writing on this topic for more than 20 years.
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.98" Width: 9.01" Height: 0.7" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Mar 6, 2007
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1602660581 ISBN13 9781602660588
Reviews - What do customers think about Walston's Guide to Christian Distance Learning, 5th Edition?
Still A Must Read Sep 12, 2008
I reviewed the prior edition, and this 5th edition continues the tradition of the best guide for Christian distance learning. I highly recommend it for insight to this sometimes confusing area. I attended traditional schools, Biola University, Talbot School of Theology and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and they are all excellent institutions. However, I was looking for an alternative and cost-efficient approach to continuing my education when I came upon Dr. Walston's book. It is filled with a wealth of knowledge. I recommend this book to anyone looking for an education, especially if nontraditional approaches to education might be considered. As a result of Dr. Walston's guide, I avoided a number of fatal choices and enrolled in a very rigorous program at Columbia Evangelical Seminary and completed my MDiv. Whether you are looking to continue your education or are simply curious about alternative education, buy this book. It is still a must read.
Everything it promises Jun 26, 2008
Outstanding. Very well organized, with the information you need in an easy-to-use format. Having contacted 22 of the institutions listed a full year after publication, all of the e-mail info was still current. I have been pleased to refer this book to others.
Excellent guide to distance learning. Mar 12, 2008
This book teaches the reader, what to look for in a college and gives a list of accredited and non accredited colleges. Dr. Walston reveals misleading statements used by colleges in regards to their accreditation.
I personally e-mailed Dr. Walston with some questions about an individual college and he responded the same day answering my questuions and giving excellent advice.
I highly recommend this book to all those seeking an alternative to the average college education.
Walston is a must-use decision-making tool Nov 14, 2007
After reading Walston's Guide, 5th edition this week my mind was made up that I needed to change schools. I have been attending an unaccredited school that is academically sound but ethically suspect in their claims of accreditation and handling of other issues. Walston's book opened my eyes to the academically meaningless accreditation agencies that are NOT recognized by the USDE. If you are looking to study for ministry via distance learning, BUY Walston's new edition, read it carefully, pray hard and THEN make a decision. There are good, sincere distance learning schools out there and Walston will help you separate the wheat from the chaff so that you can graduate with a degree worthy of respect.
Excellent Practical Assistance Aug 23, 2007
I recently used this unique text to help find a seminary through which I would finish my doctoral work. The book helped me fully understand the difference between meaningful and meaningless accreditation, find several quality schools to contact and check out personally, and eliminate a larger number from the process. As I talk to peers, I feel like an expert on the subject myself, having read Walton's Guide!