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Warnborough College (UK) provides a variety of educational programs in Canterburymarker and via distance-learning education, while Warnborough College (Ireland) offers distance-learning programs from Irelandmarker. The name Warnborough is also associated with several related institutions of higher education existing in the period between 1973 and the present, including Warnborough College Oxford and Warnborough University.

History

Warnborough College Oxford (1973–1996)

Warnborough College at Oxford was founded in Oxfordmarker, Englandmarker, in 1973 by Brenden Tempest-Mogg, an Australian, who had attended Hertford Collegemarker in 1970. In no way affiliated with the University of Oxfordmarker, it offered study abroad programs and catered largely to Americanmarker undergraduate and graduate students who would spend a semester or year abroad as part of their academic program. Other offerings included Warnborough College International Summer Schools, and a venue for summer conferences. It was founded on Warnborough Road in North Oxfordmarker in 1973, and moved to Yatscombe Hall, former home to the Greek scholar Gilbert Murray and Lord Shawcross, at Boars Hillmarker, about four miles from the city of Oxford, in 1976. The Boars Hill facilities included a lodge for the teaching staff and two Victorian Gothic mansions, one used as the women's dorm and one used as a men's dorm and for classes.

In 1985, Warnborough College began offering a study abroad program in Sydneymarker, Australia as well, and later expanded to Brisbanemarker.

Notable former students of Warnborough College Oxford include former surgeon and businessman Kneeland Youngblood, In 1995 Warnborough enrolled its first group of students on-site in a four-year academic program.

Warnborough generated controversy for representing itself as being related to Oxford Universitymarker. Oxford University threatened Warnborough College with a lawsuit over these misrepresentations and Warnborough was sued, together with its president and Mark Huck, its recruiting coordinator in Seattle, by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. and by former students. The lawsuit by former students resulted in a judgment against Warnborough College by the Superior Court of King County, Washingtonmarker of nearly $300,000. Hertford College was reported to be pursuing legal action against Warnborough College to recover a property rental debt of 6,000 pounds, and other creditors owed tens of thousands of pounds hired a private detective to track down the principals after they abruptly returned to Australia.

In October 1995, the United States Department of Education suspended, and 1996 it terminated the eligibility of Warnborough College to participate in the federal student financial assistance programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 on the basis that (i) it was not a degree-granting institution, (ii) its credits were not freely transferable; and (iii) it had no eligible vocational programs. It also fined the college for (i) failing to make refunds to students in accord with Title IV and Warnborough's own refund policies; and (ii) responsibility for misrepresentations to students that it was a part of Oxford University and had degree-granting authority.

Due to resulting financial problems, the Boars Hill properties were repossessed by creditors, and its corporate owner, Oxford International Educational Enterprises Ltd, directed by brothers Brenden and Daryl Tempest-Mogg and their mother, Ethel Tempest-Mogg, wound up on a petition by Inland Revenue. In the summer of 1996, Warnborough relocated temporarily to offices rented from New Road Baptist Church in Central Oxford. The Tempest-Moggs returned to Australia in July 1996, and the New Road office closed in August 1996. In October 1996 Warnborough went into liquidation.

Warnborough University (1997-2005)

In 1997 Warnborough University registered as a limited company in Ireland, directed by Brenden Tempest-Mogg and Kee Guan Ng, a Malaysianmarker nationaland registered a branch office in the UK. It initially operated an office in Londonmarker, and later moved to Canterburymarker. It offered graduate and undergraduate residential and nonresidential degrees in liberal arts, scientific and professional studies.. In November 2005, the Department of Education and Science said that Warnborough University in Ireland was in breach of the Universities Act 1997 by calling itself a university, and requested that they not use the word "university" to describe themselves.

In the early 2000’s Warnborough University generated controversy by issuing graduate and undergraduate degrees in Australia because neither Warnborough nor any of its consortium partners through which it was offering degrees were authorized or accredited to do so. New South Wales included Warnborough on a list of five “unrecognized universities” As of 2005, some Warnborough graduates were being denied employment in Australia because Warnborough was not on the list of recognized institutions in Australia.

Warnborough College(UK) and Warnborough College (IE) (2006-present)

In January 2006 two separate companies were established in Ireland and the UK, respectively, under the Warnborough College brand.

The Oregon Office of Degree Authorization says, "Also Warnborough College. 'Warnborough University is not a recognized institution in Ireland' - National Qualifications Authority of Ireland 'Not a UK degree-granter. Appearance on UK registry of training providers does not confer or represent authorization to issue degrees' - British Higher Education Governance office. Also operates jointly with St. Theresa's Medical University of St. Kitts."

Warnborough College (UK)

Warnborough College (UK) is located in Canterburymarker, Kentmarker.

Offerings

Warnborough College (UK) issues certificates and diplomas in a number of university foundational , short-course vocational and personal-enrichment subjects. It does not offer and is not authorized to offer, British degrees.

According to its website, university foundation programs are offered in the areas of
  • Marketing
  • Business Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Travel, Tourism & Hospitality


Distance learning courses are currently offered in the following 15 general areas:
  • Agriculture
  • Business & Management
  • Ecotourism & Adventure Activities
  • Education, Training & Research
  • Environmental
  • Health, Fitness & Recreation
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Information Technology
  • Landscaping
  • Permaculture & Self-Sufficiency
  • Photography
  • Psychology & Counseling
  • Science
  • Writing & Journalism


Accreditations

Warnborough College (UK) was accredited in late December 2008 by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges and is designated a "ASIC Premier College." Warnborough UK is an accredited training provider for distance-education and onsite bookkeeping courses leading to Level 1 and Level 2 certification from the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Warnborough College UK is an accredited training provider for the Association of Business Executives (ABE)and offers certificate and diploma tuition services by distance-learning or onsite covering business management and tourism and hospitality.

Warnborough College UK certificates and diplomas are not degrees, and are considered unaccredited, as specified in the following government websites Texasmarker, Oregonmarker, Michiganmarker, and Mainemarker . A Warnborough degree is not accepted in South Koreamarker for purposes of obtaining an E-2 Visa.

Warnborough College (IE)

Warnborough College (IE) is located in Dublinmarker. For two years from 2006-2008 it rented offices from All Hallows College in Drumcondra. In February 2008, the Irish Independent reported that All Hallows officials were concerned that Warnborough had falsely represented itself as linked to All Hallows, which had no involvement in Warnborough's academic programs or arrangements. At All Hallow's request, Warnborough removed photographs of All Hallows from its website. All Hallows said that it would not renew Warnborough's lease after August 2008.

Offerings

Warnborough College (IE) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a variety of disciplines, principally by distance learning. According to its website, it offers the following degrees:

Bachelors Masters Doctoral
Arts Arts Arts
Applied Science
Business Business Business
Fine Arts Fine Arts
Philosophy
Science


Accreditation Issues

Warnborough College (IE) courses are not recognized by Ireland's Department of Education, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC), or the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI). In February 2008, Sean O'Foghlu, chief executive of NQAI told the Irish Independent that because Warnborough College is not a recognised higher education institution or awarding body, the qualifications are "effectively worthless."

In July 2008, HETAC denied Warnborough College (IE)'s application for accreditation because Warnborough failed to agree to quality-control procedures, which was the first step in the accreditation process. Warnborough College (IE) sought leave to take judicial review of the denial, but withdrew its appeal in November 2008 after HETAC agreed to permit Warnborough to submit a new accreditation application.,

Warnborough degrees are not accepted in Texasmarker, Oregonmarker, by Michiganmarker civil service, or Mainemarker. A Warnborough degree is not accepted in South Koreamarker for purposes of obtaining an E-2 Visa.

References

  1. King, Tim (1996-10-25). Oxford College Sued in US is Repossessed. The Daily Telegraph(UK)
  2. Queensland Courier-Mail, November 10, 1993, Residential Property section, p. 35
  3. Warnborough College Overview (From Internet Archive)
  4. Dr. Kneeland Youngblood Biography (interviewed on 2004-10-28, The HistoryMakers website)
  5. O'Leary,John and Charter, David, US students say college misled them over link with Oxford The Times (London) (October 3, 1995)
  6. News In Brief: State Capitols Roundup, Education Week (March 12, 1997)
  7. Pritikin, Susan (1996-10-31) College? What College? Cherwell(Oxford, UK)
  8. Phelan, Shane Chequered history of controversial college Irish Independent (February 15, 2008)
  9. In Re Warnborough College, US Dept of Education Docket No 95-146-EA ((Dec 6, 1995)
  10. In Re Warnborough College, US Dept of Education Docket Nos. 95-164-ST, 96-60-SF (Aug 9, 1996)
  11. Bear, John,Bear's Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning,15th Ed (2003) p.223
  12. Questions on Notice (April 3 2001)
  13. Lawnham, Patrick, “Authorities plan crackdown on Clayton’s Degrees” The Australian Ed 1 p 31 (March 13, 2002)
  14. Brown, George, “Protecting Australia’s Higher Education System: A Proactive versus Reactive Approach in Review (1999-2004) Proceedings of the Australian Universities Quality Forum 2004
  15. Submission 96 (September 9, 2005)
  16. Warnborough College | Distance Education | Correspondence | Home Study Courses | e-Learning
  17. Courses Warnborough College (UK)
  18. Accreditation Service for International Colleges Directory
  19. Recommended Bookkeeping Courses
  20. Association of Business Executives (UK) Short courses
  21. Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas
  22. Unaccredited Colleges, Oregon State Office of Degree Authorization
  23. Colleges and Universities Not Accredited by CHEA
  24. Maine state law restricts the use of false academic credentials, including those granted by unaccredited institutions; Warnborough appears on the state's list of unaccredited institutions.[1]
  25. ▒ ESL Teacher Placement Agency - EnglishWork ▒
  26. ::Koreapot::
  27. Degree Programs, Warnborough College (IE)
  28. O'Sullivan, Sarah, "Authorities refuse to recognize web college" The Sunday Times July 18, 2008
  29. Phelan, Shane and Walshe, John Legal war looms in college's battle for approvalIrish Independent, September 15, 2008
  30. College Will Fight on for Recognition, Irish Independent, November 11, 2008


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