IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a start-up program and is NOT currently accredited. An institution must be in operation for a minimum of two years before beginning the process to initially apply for accreditation. The American Martial Arts College (AMAC) plans to apply for accreditation once the requirements have been met. For further information about accreditation, please visit: The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at http://www.chea.org , The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) at http://www.acics.org , The Distance Education Training Council (DETC) at http://www.detc.org, The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) at http://www.sacs.org , The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us , and The US Department of Education (USDE) at http://www.ed.gov. These resources are legitimate accrediting agencies recognized by the US Department of Education, as opposed to “Accrediting Mills” which will issue accreditation to any “school” willing to pay a certain amount of money (the CHEA website has more information about “accrediting mills”). The AMAC plans to pursue accreditation through one or more of these listed legitimate agencies.
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Do you believe there is a legitimate need for an actual college program dedicated to martial arts? Would you be interested in pursuing an accredited Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts Degree in Martial Arts Studies, or do you know of someone who would? Once you have read the information on this website, please respond to the survey to tell us about whether or not you believe this could be a valid program, and then visit the forum to describe particular specifics as to why or why not, as well as to add any suggestions for improvement. Please also include your specific martial arts and/or educational background, as well as contact information for further validation if necessary. Bear in mind, however, that this information can be publicly viewed, and any suggestions or statements made may be used to enhance the program curriculum, advertise the program, or be submitted to the proper authorities during the accreditation application process. If you would prefer, you may also send your information via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org where we will keep your contact information private. The American Martial Arts College is not offering courses at this time, but may begin to do so in the near future if the results of this survey are favorable.
The purpose for establishment of the American Martial Arts College is to provide an institution of higher learning that is specifically structured to train students to be not only excellent martial arts practitioners and instructors, but also excellent martial arts business owners. Practicing martial arts is one of the most popular endeavors in the United States, and the number of martial arts businesses continues to grow every year. Unfortunately, many of these businesses are run by self-proclaimed "masters" who are unable to provide quality instruction to unknowing students, and who frequently take advantage of available financial opportunities without regard to whether or not they are detrimental to the students or to the martial arts in general. In addition, numerous martial arts businesses are unsuccessful because the business owner, although a quality instructor with well-meaning intentions, is uneducated about running the business itself. This program will provide an avenue to address both of these issues, with graduates being fully trained as practitioners, qualified as instructors, and well-versed in the appropriate business applications.
The American Martial Arts College will be structured as a private 501(c)3 non-profit corporation offering a Certificate Program, an Associate of Arts Degree, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Martial Arts Studies. Instruction will be provided both through a distance-learning platform as well as a residential platform. The campus will be located in San Antonio, TX, USA. During the first two years of operation (and until accreditation is approved), the program will be provided via distance learning with two one-week residential colloquia requirements. Once the program has been accredited, the physical campus will be established complete with classrooms, dormitories, training areas, and other necessary physical requirements. The campus will be co-joined with an operational commercial martial arts school. At that time, the program will be available in both a full-time residential format or a full-time distance education format with the residential colloquia requirement.