The Day of Reckoning, Accreditation: The day we wish would never come
I've talked about the Day of Reckoning before, but now I'm using it in a slightly different context. This is the Day of Reckoning when you realize that all the hard work you did at a school was for nothing. It is when you went to transfer and are told that none of your credits count, or when you apply for a grad school and are told they'd love to have you...but. It is the day no one wants to happen, but unfortunately it is a day that all Bob Jones University grads could face sometime in their life.
The problem with this day of reckoning is that few realize that it lurks around the corner. And a lot of graduates never have to face the issue. I didn't ever try to transfer to another school, so if it weren't for friends and family I'd have no clue that BJU grads can't really transfer any credits. And for those who don't go on to grad school, or don't go on to grad school outside of the Greenville area, they are probably blissfully unaware. But you just never know when the day will come. When an employer refuses you the raise because you don't have a regionally accredited degree. When a potential employer files your resume in file 13. When you decide to switch careers only to find out your undergrad degree disqualifies you. When you decide it is time to go to grad school only to realize none of the schools in your area will accept your degree. When you graduate from college the whole world is supposed to be open to you, but for the Bob Jones University grad that world shrinks real fast and depending upon the road you embark on can soon become a dead end.
I've asked before is it worth it? Is Bob Jones University worth the risk? My answer remains no for this sole reason. I wish I didn't have to worry each time I apply for a job or college, "will they accept my degree as valid?" I wish I didn't have that nagging question in my mind. I wish that I could be confident, "Of course they'll accept me." Instead I'm always wondering, worried about what my prospects might be on the next job hunt. Will I find suitable employment. None of my non-BJU friends worry about that. If they have the credentials and want to apply to a school they can stand pretty confident in success. If they want that job that requires a certain education they don't have to worry that accreditation will get in the way. For me the day of reckoning has come more than once. For many it may not come at all, but really you just never know where the future might lead you. I envy my friends who don't have to worry about that.
If you graduated from Bob Jones University and have never had the day of reckoning over accreditation count yourself blessed, but know this, it lurks around every corner. Maybe you are in a field now where it doesn't matter, and maybe you have no desire to teach, and maybe you have even less desire for more schooling, but the danger still looms over your head. Please consider joining the petition to let Stephen Jones know this is a problem. The university needs to be honest so that if a student/parent chooses to attend BJU they know what the consequences might be. That way the day of reckoning isn't looming as an unknown danger, but as a calculated risk understood by all the participating parties. What is Bob Jones University afraid of by being honest? Losing students? They'll lose students either way, because as more people get hurt by accreditation and feel cheated the louder they will become. Honesty is the best solution. Please join us.