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What does "not credentialed" mean, and why does it matter?

Postby Bongherini » Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:11 pm

I am planning to attend the university this fall 2016, but I found out the Biotechnology track at Cal State Bakersfield is not "credentialed. I have the ability to go to UC Davis or Cal Poly, but those are too much money for me and I do not like the idea of moving away from Bakersfield. Why would credentials matter later, when job-seeking?
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Re: What does "not credentialed" mean, and why does it matter?

Postby Dave Jensen » Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:57 pm

You need to think about why you want to do a biotechnology degree, and what that will buy you. There are not a lot of biotech jobs in the Bakersfield area, while there are plenty of them in the location of the other two schools you've mentioned. While I'm not certain what the "credentials" are you are referring to, I can tell you that you'd do better to find a degree more appropriate for the Bakersfield area if that's where you want to spend your life.

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Re: What does "not credentialed" mean, and why does it matter?

Postby Rich Lemert » Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:46 pm

Having a program "not credentialed", in my opinion, makes sense only when two conditions are met: 1) a strong 'local' demand for the program's graduates that is likely to remain steady for several years, and 2) a graduate population that is unlikely to move elsewhere. The local employers may recognize that they can find better-trained employees elsewhere, but have decided that the cost savings (reduced salary, no relocation) justify the decision.

If any of these factors are missing, attending a "not credentialed" program is a major risk because employers have no way of knowing the quality of the program's graduates. You might know just as much as a graduate from a 'credentialed' program, but it's going to be up to you to convince employers of this. Graduates from a 'credentialed' program have generally been certified by an independent third party as having met some minimum standards.
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Re: What does "not credentialed" mean, and why does it matter?

Postby D.X. » Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:52 am

I think the proper word you are looking for is "accreditation". Not credentialed.

Universities carry accreditation by certain education boards that can be regional, national or even international, that accreditation will indicative of a certain Minimum Education Standard for that accreditation.

Then the next Level would be then program accreditation, that would be granted by subject related education boards, so for example ABET in the US will accredit Engineering and techonology programs etc.

The issue of credentialing then is linked to "certification" or simply put an conferring of accepted and potentially legally acknowledged authority by that education. And example here would be for medical Technology, you would get a "board certification" which allows you to be credentialed for the practice of Medical Technology and in the US thats by the ASCP I think. So you would sign you Name with the MT (ASCP) Designation. Allowing you for gainful employement. Another example is licensing degrees such as education or even physicians, but for the latter its the board certification (linked to education) that gives that creditential.

So be careful there with the use of Terms.

Good luck,

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