I am very pleased with my education at Blue Marble University. The lessons I learned will be helpful to my current career and may help me to begin a second career when I retire from teaching. I am delighted that my D.Sc. in Instructional Design and Technology has been evaluated as equivalent to a United States Ed.D. degree by one foreign transcript evaluation company and a D.Sc. by another company! I know people with Ph.D. degrees from prestigious brick-and-mortar United States universities who could not find work in their fields, so nothing is certain in life regardless of our choices, but I am happy that I took a chance on Blue Marble University.
This was a successful program and I am glad that I chose Blue Marble University! I previously earned master’s degrees from two different accredited United States universities and am working under two teaching certifications (special education and instructional technology). I chose a different path for my doctorate, knowing full well that it might not open as many doors as an accredited degree. I wanted a better balance between practical skills, theory, and personal research than I felt that I could get at typical American universities.
Thank you, Blue Marble University! I already use much of what I learned with the students and staff in my current job, and anything that helps me to be a better teacher and technology coordinator is a good thing.
I chose Blue Marble University’s Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) in Instructional Design and Technology program after having been accepted into three well-respected (including one quite prestigious) post-graduate (master’s degree required) programs in fully accredited United States universities; I had to drop out of each of these programs because of now-resolved issues that needed my time and full attention. Instead of returning to one of my previous universities, I weighed all of my options and chose Blue Marble University. It wasn’t that I disliked the other programs; I just felt that Blue Marble University could also help me to achieve my personal and professional goals. I particularly enjoyed the larger number of project-based courses. The less expensive tuition was a very nice bonus! As I told one of my bosses, I liked Blue Marble University’s balance between theory, advanced practical skills, and research.
If knowledge and practical skills are what you are after, you can learn them at Blue Marble University. Blue Marble University will not be for everyone. Some jobs and further study opportunities require degrees from accredited universities. My original idea was to go to a U.S. university then become a college professor, but I know too many out-of-work professors. I decided to take a different path. The fact is that I love teaching, and once I decided not to become a professor, I could explore options that better suited my interests. Sure, I sincerely hope that my degree will help me to find work after I retire from teaching, but I am aware that there are no guarantees in life. For the present, I am very pleased with Blue Marble University and the education that I received.
I am extremely happy with my doctorate program at Blue Marble University. One transcript evaluation clearly states: “JEANNE ELIZABETH STORK holds the U.S. equivalent of a DOCTOR OF EDUCATION IN INSTRUCTIONAL SYSTEM DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY awarded by Regionally Accredited Universities in the United States.” Another transcript evaluation states: “Jeanne Elizabeth Stork has satisfied the requirements to attain the equivalent of a Doctor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.” There are foreign degree and transcript evaluators that will give you positive results when evaluating degrees and transcripts from Blue Marble University, but you might have to try more than one (or you might have success the first time). Some companies will evaluate the degree as equivalent to a doctorate from an unaccredited U.S. university and one company actually told me that they will return my money because they only evaluate degrees and transcripts from universities that are accredited by the education departments of the countries in which they are located. Some employers and schools only accept evaluations from their own list of pre-approved foreign transcript evaluation companies. Maybe soon more evaluators will see the benefits of alternative educational paths; that would be nice.
I am pleased with my decision and encourage anyone who is considering innovative alternative education to look into Blue Marble University’s Doctor of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. I am also aware that this doctorate may not meet the needs of everyone who is looking for a doctorate program depending on the requirements of current and future employers. Many employers will accept the foreign transcript evaluators who provided me with positive evaluations. Where I work, I will not get a raise for having a doctorate degree, so it was not important for me to attend a United States accredited university. As I began this discussion, there are no guarantees in life even for graduates of accredited United States brick-and-mortar universities, but I feel prepared for whatever the future may bring.