[Vision2020] NSA's accrediting agency is not recognized in Texas

g. crabtree jampot at roadrunner.com
Fri Dec 21 16:10:10 PST 2007

"As if good scientists made up their own data in the laboratory!"

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Why the very notion that data might be faked  by Scientists must be 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <nickgier at adelphia.net>
To: <vision2020 at moscow.com>
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 3:22 PM
Subject: [Vision2020] NSA's accrediting agency is not recognized in Texas

> Greetings:
> Ralph Nielsen sent me this and he may want to post it here, but if he does 
> not, here is some interesting news.
> First, the Transnational Association for Christian Colleges and Schools 
> (TRACS), New St. Andrews College's accrediting agency, was founded by 
> creationist Henry Morris; and second, TRACS is not recognized by Texas' 
> higher education authorities.  It is good to see that Texas has higher 
> academic standards than Idaho.
> Here is my favorite quotation from Henry Morris: "It is better to believe 
> in the revealed World of God than any science or philosophy devised by 
> man."  As if good scientists made up their own data in the laboratory!
> Morris explained, "The possibility of moving to Dallas surfaced when my 
> brother, Dr. Henry Morris III, discerned that a central location would be 
> beneficial for ICR, with several possibilities for student services at 
> nearby affiliated colleges.  The many good
> churches and large numbers of ICR supporters living in North Texas made it 
> a
> natural fit for the ministry.  When my father [Henry Morris] was still 
> alive he
> approved the move to Dallas, especially as a way to strengthen the 
> graduate school.  In 2006, ICR opened a distance education effort in 
> Dallas,  as well as the hub of ICR's internet ministries. ... As 
> additional operational functions were assigned to the new Dallas office, 
> the Board concluded that it was in ICR's best interests to move the entire 
> ministry."
> The ICR's graduate school was previously accredited by the Transnational
> Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), a group founded by 
> Henry Morris; Henry Morris III presently serves on its commission.   Texas 
> does not recognize accreditation by TRACS, forcing the ICR to seek 
> temporary state certification while it applies for accreditation from the 
> Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).  As a first step 
> toward certification, a committee of Texas educators visited the ICR's 
> facilities in Dallas to evaluate whether the ICR meets the legal 
> requirements for state certification.  The report described the
> educational program as "plausible," adding, "The proposed degree would be
> generally comparable to an initial master's degree in science education 
> from
> one of the smaller, regional universities in the state."
> NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott disagreed, telling the Dallas Morning News,
> "It sounds like the committee may have just taken at face value what
> the ICR claims ... There's a huge gulf between what the ICR is doing and 
> what
> they're doing at legitimate institutions like ... [the University
> of Texas] or Baylor."  (The committee members were a librarian, an 
> educational
> administrator, and a mathematician; none was professionally trained in
> biology, geology, or physics.)  Inside Higher Ed reported (December
> 17, 2007), "Some science groups are aghast by the idea that Texas would
> authorize master's degrees in science education that are based on complete
> opposition to evolution and literal acceptance of the Bible.  And these
> groups are particularly concerned because the students in these programs
> would be people who are or want to be school teachers."
> Although Patricia Nason, chair of the ICR's science education
> department, told the Dallas Morning News, "Our students are given both 
> sides.
> They need to know both sides, and they can draw their own conclusion,"
> the ICR's statement of faith includes the tenet, "All things in the 
> universe
> were created and made by God in the six literal days of the creation week
> described in Genesis 1:1-2:3, and confirmed in Exodus 20:8-11.  The 
> creation record is factual, historical and perspicuous; thus all theories 
> of origins or development which involve evolution in any form are false." 
> Similarly, applicants to the ICR's graduate school are explicitly told 
> that their answers to the essay questions on the application help to 
> determine "your dedication to the Lord, the Word, and teaching
> creation science."
> . . .
> Nick Gier
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