New Castle University is located at 4076 US Route 225 in New Castle, Pennsylvania.

New Castle is a city in Lawrence CountyPennsylvaniaUnited States, 50 miles (80 km) northwest of Pittsburgh and near the Pennsylvania-Ohio border just 18 miles (29 km) east of Youngstown, Ohio; in 1910, the total population was 36,280; in 1920, 44,938; and in 1940, 47,638. The population has fallen to 23,128 according to the2010 census. It is the county seat of Lawrence County. New Castle is the principal city of the New Castle, PA Micropolitan Statistical Area and a part of thePittsburgh-New Castle-Weirton, PA-OH-WV Combined Statistical Area, which is the 20th largest in the United States. It is the commercial center of a fertile agricultural region.

 

New Castle, Pennsylvania
City
Kennedy Square, downtown
Kennedy Square, downtown
New Castle is located in Pennsylvania
New Castle
New Castle
Location within the state of Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 40°59′50″N 80°20′40″WCoordinates40°59′50″N 80°20′40″W
Country United States
Commonwealth Pennsylvania
County Lawrence
Established 1798
Incorporated 1869 (city)
Government
 • Mayor Anthony G. Mastrangelo (D)
Area
 • Total 8.6 sq mi (22 km2)
 • Land 8.5 sq mi (22 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 23,273
 • Density 2,738/sq mi (1,057/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4

Notable people

 

About New Castle University

 

Formed: 1994

Status: Private International University

Official website address: http://newcastleuniversity.org/

Official Radio Station: 'New Castle University Radio' (available throughout this website ) announcements in 9 languages.

 

Motto: LATIN  'Meliora Sequimur' 

Motto - ENGLISH  'We aim for the best'

Mission: 'To promote quality international higher education'

 

Official School Colors: 

(former) Navy Blue & Yellow 1994 - 2002   

(current) Burgundy & Gold 2002 - Present

Location:  Represented online and internationally via Approved Course Delivery Partners.

 

Modes of Completion:

Full-Time Study (via Approved Course Delivery Partners)

Distance and Online Study

Credit Transfer and Portfolio Assessment

 

Excluded Courses: NO Medicine or similar Health related subjects are ever available for study via New Castle University.

 

Available Courses in:  

Arts
Business Administration
Commerce
Divinity
Laws
Letters
Literature
Music
Philosophy
Theology
Science

 

Fees: $18,000 for a four-year degree course.

New Castle University is proudly a private international university

From the outset, New Castle University was determined to establish its private and international nature, operating independently of any single national education system or single national jurisdiction. This allowed New Castle University the freedom to explore and adopt innovative approaches to the conduct and delivery of its academic programs that are denied to conventional public universities tied to a single education system.

Unless expressly stated to the contrary, it should be assumed that New Castle University has no connection to any other institution or legal entity that also has “New Castle” in its name. New Castle University is not a public or nationally accredited university and makes no pretentions to be one. It is proudly private and proudly international in nature.

The first New Castle University Educational Trust was established in January 1994 fully compliant with the 1985 Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Trusts and on their Recognition, which entered into force in July 1992.

The original Trust, which could best be described as a ‘think tank’, provided a legal framework to theorize on and research into functional and credible alternatives to the established, inflexible and outdated approaches to third level education from traditional, nationally accredited, campus based education providers. These providers were deemed to have inadequately adapted to the changing educational landscape, being stuck in the rut of outmoded and obsolete delivery systems and value judgments.  The new Trust placed its emphasis upon the dynamic and innovative utilization of emerging technologies to facilitate academic content delivery and portfolio appraisal.

Since then, New Castle University has kept pace with changing legislation with an international network of Trusts, Associations, Agreements and Incorporated and Unincorporated legal structures to ensure its continued existence and compliance with applicable legislation.

20th Anniversary

Unlike the majority of schools, New Castle University has never needed to advertise aggressively, depending almost entirely upon word-of-mouth recommendation.

On the  20th Anniversary and to coincide with the launch of the online graduate database and the groundbreaking COURSE TRACKER App, the operations of New Castle were centralized to one Official Website.

The Office of the Registrar is now also fully centralized. The Graduate Records of all Graduates are now searchable using a simple document code.

Every main page of the website has an easy accessable search window in the top right corner. Official Student Records may be viewed and Registrar Certified Copies can be downloaded in both .PDF and image format.

New Castle University Radio is available throughout this website (bottom left corner) and already provides announcements to our students and alumni in 9 languages.

Developments are underway for the entire school administration, graduate database and study portal to be fully available in 8 languages, by 2017.

To to remain contemporary, New Castle University has opened official social media accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin.

Collectively, 8000+ internet users have already subscribed to follow the official announcements of New Castle University on social media.

New Castle University today and beyond...

Today, the Research and Development Arm of New Castle University retains the nature of a “think tank” - a policy institute or research institute focusing on the discovery of new knowledge and the application of existing knowledge with the aim of addressing or improving contemporary situations.

This Arm undertakes confidential bespoke Research and Development projects on a contract basis for customers including private individuals, corporations, academic institutions, corporations, non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations or governments.

Similar work is conducted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the RAND Corporation, the Brookings Institution and Chatham House.

New Castle University can call upon the expertise of over 30,000 graduates and professional collaborators to fulfill such bespoke contracts.

 The Academic Arm of New Castle University combines innovative academic program delivery systems including distance programs delivered remotely through correspondence and a virtual campus, cooperation with local academic content providers and also operates in the manner of an “academic credit bank” with aspects of “credential evaluation”. Credits can be accumulated by students under the credit bank system and recognized accordingly.

 While New Castle University prides itself on being innovative, it is by no means unique. Similar systems are in place in various guises around the world.

 

Some examples

 

Below are seven examples which feature similar or identical procedures to the Academic Arm of New Castle University concerning the recognition and accumulation of academic credits: 

 

(1) Korea’s Academic Credit Bank System

(2) France validates experiential learning under a system known as VAE – leeds.ac.uk and vae.gouv.fr

(3) University of Angers

 

(4) Thomas Edison State College offers credits for:

(a) Military Training , (b) Credit Transfer , (c) Portfolio Assessment

 

(5) New Castle Oak State College (of no relation to this school) allows credit for:

(a)  Portfolio Assessment (b) Training (c) Credential Evaluation

 

(6) Excelsior College offers allows students to accumulate credits towards their degree from:

 Prior Learning, Past Courses and Exams, Military Training and Certifications and Licenses.

 

(7) In matters of Portfolio Assessment, New Castle University employs the exact same criteria as the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, outlined under the Code of Federal Regulations - 8 CFR § 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(d)(5) - to evaluate equivalency to college-level training. Specifically, three years of specialized training and/or work experience must be demonstrated for each year of college-level training

Accreditation – Separating the Myth from the Truth

Much is written about accreditation of academic institutions and most of it is wrong.

 

Here is the long and the short of it:

  1. Accreditation is voluntary, it is not obligatory.
  2. Accreditation is of limited use and application.
  3. Accreditation does not guarantee the acceptance of a degree or credits
  4. Accreditation does not guarantee instructional quality or academic quality.
  5. Accreditation does raise the costs of academic programs.
  6. Accreditation costs far outweigh the benefits.

 

When people talk about “Accreditation” they do not realize that this means different things in different places.

A degree can be accredited in one country but be rejected in another.

A degree can be considered accredited for one purpose, but not another.

A degree can be accepted by one company, but rejected by another.

So then why does Accreditation exist? The answer may shock you!

 

For centuries there was no concept of accreditation in universities and colleges.

It became an issue in the latter half of the 20th Century in the United States because of Federal financial support known as Title IV funding. Originally the concern was about Federal money destined to the GI Bill offering to pay the education costs of War Veterans.

The US Department of Education does not accredit institutions directly. It recognizes private, non-governmental Accreditation Bodies. They in turn accredit institutions which in turn receive Title IV funding.

According to respected experts, this has developed into a cartel which jealously guards access to the government money which (if it were any other area of commerce or transaction) would have been dismantled long ago under the Sherman Anti-Trust Act. Accreditation is the United States is a HUGE business, shoveling literally hundreds of millions of dollars per annum into the bank accounts of private enterprises.

As a result, yearly accreditation fees massively drive up the cost of courses, costing the students more, the US Federal Government more and ultimately, the poor old taxpayer more. The problem and the myth, is self-perpetuating.

But still, some people mistakenly believe that such accreditation ensures quality, guarantees acceptance, guarantees credit transfer or confers “legitimacy”.

It does not. Accreditation by an Accreditation Body recognized by the US Department of Education has one legal function and one legal function only:

It merely allows institutions accredited by an Accreditation Body, to access to Title IV Federal Funding. That's it, plain and simple.

What the experts think!

There is an outstanding study on the matter of degree accreditation written by George C. Leef and Roxana D. Burris for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni called “Can College Accreditation Live Up to Its Promise?”

The work can be summed up in the following short paragraph:

Putting the matter in a nutshell, we conclude that accreditation has not served to ensure quality, has not protected the curriculum from serious degradation, and gives students, parents, and public decision-makers almost no useful information about institutions of higher education. Accreditation has, however, imposed significant monetary and non-monetary costs. We call for changes in policy at the federal, state, and institutional levels."

Our Official Stance on Accreditation

As a proudly international institution, New Castle University is not a US institution and is therefore ineligible for accreditation even if it were minded to apply for it.

Here is a quote from the United States Department of Education:

The Secretary of Education’s recognition of accrediting agencies is limited by statute to accreditation activities within the United States. Although many recognized agencies carry out accrediting activities outside the United States, these actions are not within the legal authority of the Department of Education to recognize, are not reviewed by the Department, and the Department does not exercise any oversight over them.”

New Castle University has no legal access to, nor need for, any public funding. As explained above, as an international institution, no form of accreditation is considered sufficiently useful for it to be deemed worthwhile. It is true that various accreditation bodies exist but to date New Castle University has not found an accreditation system which addresses its unique circumstances and policies. It has therefore been decided that it shall not apply for any form of accreditation, preferring instead to stand on the excellence of its programs and policies and on the demonstrable quality of its 30,000+ Alumni.

This policy is subject to review and should the situation change in regards to accreditation, New Castle University will take such steps as it feels best addresses the needs and expectations of it student body and alumni.