Revans University – also known as The University of Action Learning (UAL) – is the unaccredited degree-awarding body for the UK-based International Management Centres Association (IMCA or IMC Association). Revans University's registered address is in Port Vila, Vanuatu, though it has also been associated with Boulder, Colorado. It has no physical campus and all its activities take place online. As of 2005, Revans University's partner organization IMCA was based in Buckingham, UK.
According to Revans University and IMCA's jointly-issued literature from 2004, IMCA founded Revans University in 1999 after IMCA's own degree programmes were about to be made illegal by the Education Reform Act 1988; IMCA made unsuccessful approaches to UK's Council for National Academic Awards and several universities in the UK and Australia before deciding to found Revans University in the US under IMCA's own sponsorship.
Methods of study
Rather than requiring a traditional thesis, Revans University and IMCA award doctoral degrees on the basis of an "explication" – a short, 10,000 word document describing a candidate's professional experience and original contributions to knowledge.
Prior to 2005, Revans University and IMCA were accredited by the US Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), but this accreditation was removed by DETC in 2005. Neither Revans University nor IMCA is recognised as a UK degree-awarding body or course provider.
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