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So, what about those fake PhDs?

by Amrinder Arora
July 19th, 2009

Came across this scathing criticism of a PhD, in which the critic states that “.. Sonia Choquette’s Ph.D. in metaphysics is from the American Institute of Holistic Theology which is unaccredited.” That begs the question – what is education accreditation, and is it relevant.

From the United States Department of Education website: “The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.” That much being settled, let us check if indeed the American Institute of Holistic Theology is accredited or not. A visit to the institute’s website itself suggests that the only accreditation that AIHT has is by AADP, not by any other organization. A quick google search gets us to QuakeWatch page by Stephen Barrett, which states that American Institute of Holistic Theology is NOT accredited by the recognized accrediting agency. A visit to NCAHF webpage by William Jarvis suggests the same thing.

Still, a bigger question remains, is accreditation necessary? What about the lessons of life? I have come across thousands of folks who need no PhD for me to understand that they are infinitely more wise than my doctorate from GWU will ever make me. That said though, one of the elements of their wisdom is that they are not claiming to be PhDs either. Their lack of a doctorate degree (or any degree for that matter) doesn’t lessen any respect that they get, either from me, or from anyone else.

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