My colleague in Marketing & Admissions and myself met with some gentlemen the other day to talk about IYRS. These gentlemen, all in agreement, mentioned that we should do a better job of educating our community about the importance of IYRS’ accreditation.
And they’re right – there is a big difference between for-profit, not-for-profit, accredited and non-accredited institutions. Accredited educational institutions are held to different and often stricter guidelines and requirements to continue operations. Most often, this is in reference to the value of credits earned or the outcome of the student’s study or training, and whether or not an employee or faculty member will act in the best interest of the student versus the school.
IYRS is proudly accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), a not-for-profit accreditation organization whose mission, according to their website is,
“to serve as a reliable authority on educational quality and to promote enhanced opportunities for students by establishing, sustaining, and enforcing valid standards and practices which contribute to the development of a highly trained and competitive workforce through quality career oriented education.”
The ACCSC has a 144-page document called the “Standards of Accreditation” which serves as a guideline for acceptable and expected practices of a school, from recruitment of students to program requirements to admissions policies to job placement to student services. It’s pretty rigorous!
Every five-years, the ACCSC works with institutions accredited by them to ensure all Standards of Accreditation are being met by the institution.
What Does All This Mean to You?
To students and families of students, this means that you can rest assured an accredited school would always act in the best interest of the student. I can attest that the IYRS leadership team has assembled a very good staff of individuals who work on our program curriculums, help students with career preparation, internship & job placements, and will genuinely do everything in their power to help a student. Not to mention we have some of the nicest, coolest, smartest faculty members with tons of experience in their field. With all that in mind, here are three things you may not have known about IYRS:
1. IYRS Recently Introduced a New Member to the Senior Management Team
Just a few months ago, IYRS was fortunate to bring on Dr. Frank Sargent as Vice-President of Education. This was a great milestone for us as we continue to enhance our current programs and prepare to introduce some new ones in the near future.
Read More About Dr. Sargent’s New Role
2. IYRS Has a Program Advisory Council (PAC)
Periodically, IYRS gathers trusted individuals from outside our school and within the industry which our school serves in an effort to look through our curriculum and ensure that what our students learn is in line with the needs of industry. Here is an example, directly from the notes from the last PAC meeting:
“There is a shift in marine technology that the IYRS Program Advisory Committee (PAC) has encouraged IYRS to include in our curriculum to remain in-demand within the industry both immediate and long-term. This technology is called Digital Switching, which is the integration of computers through which all onboard electronics are controlled. IYRS will consider offering seminars to discuss this technology and the associated products
This integration of computers has brought joystick technology to powerboats where you can control the boat immensely, including 360% turning where you would have previously needed a bow-thruster, etc. We are actually bringing in the gentleman who created this technology to deliver this part of the curriculum.”
3. Some Credits Earned at IYRS Transfer in to Salve Regina (Newport, RI), Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI) and Community College of Rhode Island (Various Campuses, Rhode Island)
For individuals who seek to bring together skills built through experiential learning and a comprehensive college education, IYRS has developed agreements with area colleges where credits earned at IYRS may transfer in towards programs at area colleges.
This blog was written by Josh Singer, Marketing Manager at IYRS.