Mozaffari, July 2009 by yrr14496


									From: Kristen Mozaffari
Sent: Thursday, July 30, 2009 5:05 PM
To: Stretch, Charlotte (Becky)
Subject: ABA accreditation for online programs


I would like to express my sincere plea to the board to reconsider the ABA's current
policy against accrediting online law degree programs.

Allowing students to choose a program that works best according to their schedule or
style of learning is not a detriment to the profession, quite the contrary. There are many
talented and qualified candidates who may be unable to attend traditional brick and
mortar style classes but would otherwise make excellent additions to the field of law.

Indeed, opening the doors to a wider variety of students who are performing at an equal
or greater academic level serves only to deepen the pool of prospective applicants,
allowing the seats to be filled with those who are most qualified rather than those with the
greatest number of resources at their disposal.

Having taken numerous classes of both persuasions, I can attest to the higher level of
information retention I have experienced with the online courses when compared to their
traditional counterparts. This fact seems to be corroborated by a recent report by the U.S.
Department of Education.

A brief summary of the findings (along with a link to a .pdf copy of the report) can be
found at: facts-statistics/6- latest-online- learning-
news/264- us-dept-of-education- finds-online-blended-education- more-effective-than-
residential- method-alone/

Please recognize the validity of this increasingly important, growing and challenging
method of education by accrediting those online law degree programs which meet with
the level of excellence you currently require.

After all, as long as the same degree of information is being acquired, why should one
manner of dissemination hold any less value than another?

Thanks and best wishes,

Kristen Mozaffari

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