HIGHER EDUCATION: The Accreditation Debate

As a career firefighter, John started his academic journey by going to his local community college to earn an associate of science degree in fire science. Thereafter, a colleague from his recommended that he looks into a National Fire Academy...


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• Is fairly established in their career and is not likely to change jobs anytime soon, if ever, and the degree meets the standards of their current employer

• Wants a fairly lenient and generous credit transfer

• Is self employed or simply wants the knowledge that comes with the degree

• Is earning the degree for reasons different than that of economics, such as personal pride or achievement

 

Doing the research

The guiding principle for making a worthy decision about which school to attend and which accreditation to value rests ultimately with an individual’s long-term professional and personal objectives. For personnel of the fire and emergency services, it is worth considering a school and program offering the NFA’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum and which has regional accreditation, especially if the ultimate goal is to earn EFO certification, an equivalent to a master’s degree.

To learn more about the FESHE curriculum, visit: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/nfa/higher_ed/index.shtm

To independently identify the accreditation type of a certain school, visit the USDOE website: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx