In the final installment of our articles on YWAM, we are looking at the school attached to it: University of the Nations. The school is the cashcow of the mission group. Youth With A Mission would struggle financially without it. It might be a harsh reality but still, it is the reality.
In my mind, these schools are basically internship but the problem is they are billed that way to the people and they are not treated that way as far as finances goes. The students are paying for an education that they are not really getting. That becomes a problem. The same issue remains with IHOP University at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. In my mind, it is about transparency.
I understand the reason that many want to go to University of the Nations. Who would not want to go to school in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. I am sure many people would love to live on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is appealing to say the least.
However, from purely an educational point of view, things are just what they seem to be when it comes to the school and many like it.
University of the Nations is not Accredited
This is the biggest issue and this is something that people need to seriously consider before making the decision to go to the school. I did not go to Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry because of it. Oral Roberts University would not honor it as really going to school at the time.
University of the Nations is not accredited by any recognized accreditation body. As such, its degrees and credits may not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions. (Wikipedia)
According to the Department of Education, “in some states, it can be illegal to use a degree from an institution that is not accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, unless approved by the state licensing agency.”
What this means is your Masters Degree from your time in Kona would mean nothing professionally and might even be illegal to actual use it for any purpose whatsoever. You might not even be able to put it on your resume.
It wouldn’t matter if you just want to take a few years and study at a school somewhere but most people that are in their 20’s can’t do that. They need to have something that is useful, especially if not ministry related.
University of the Nations uses the fact that they are in several nations as an excuse for it but I just am not buying it. There are many schools that operate internationally. Each campus is a school technically and the networks of schools would be the University of the Nations. The campus in Kona should be accredited by the State of Hawaii. Simple as that.
It only hurts the students in the end that is not. The school still gets all their money from the kids but the kids do not get a usable degree. How that is that fair?
University of the Nations knows the problem
They know it exist but are doing nothing about it,
THE UNIVERSITY OF THE NATIONS IS NOT ACCREDITED BY AN ACCREDITING AGENCY RECOGNIZED BY THE UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF EDUCATION. Admission to the University of the Nations (U of N) and any of its sponsored programs is open to qualified individuals regardless of race, color, nationality, ethnic origin, gender, and educationally unrelated handicaps. U of N reserves the right to change schedules and course offerings as deemed necessary.
Note: In the United States, many licensing authorities require accredited degrees as the basis for eligibility for licensing. In some cases, accredited colleges may not accept for transfer courses and degrees completed at unaccredited colleges, and some employers may require an accredited degree as a basis for eligibility for employment.