[Vision2020] NSA's accrediting agency is not recognized in Texas
jampot at roadrunner.com
Fri Dec 21 16:10:10 PST 2007
"As if good scientists made up their own data in the laboratory!"
Why the very notion that data might be faked by Scientists must be
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From: <nickgier at adelphia.net>
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Sent: Friday, December 21, 2007 3:22 PM
Subject: [Vision2020] NSA's accrediting agency is not recognized in Texas
> 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!
> ICR SEEKS TO GRANT DEGREES IN TEXAS
> 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
> 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
> 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
> 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
> they're doing at legitimate institutions like ... [the University
> of Texas] or Baylor." (The committee members were a librarian, an
> 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
> 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
> 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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