John Kersey’s writings on education are strongly critical of the current university system. His book “The University Outside State Control” draws on examples including the University of Buckingham in the UK as well as distance education institutions in the UK, the USA, and Denmark. John Kersey discusses what he perceives as the overwhelmingly negative results of the increasing control of higher education by government in the post-1945 era and makes a case for an independent, proprietorial model of individualized higher education in contrast to mass and centralized systems. His earlier work “A History of the Central School of Religion” examines the work and critical reception of one of the oldest US-based correspondence universities, of which he is now a Fellow.
For John Kersey, the transition in education towards centralization and government control is ideologically and politically motivated, and this forms part of his wider traditionalist criticism of Cultural Marxism. He has called for a traditionalist educational counter-establishment that can balance this with a concentration upon outcomes rather than processes, individual student need rather than the imposition of university systems, and the scholarly approach of the Right. He is a particular critic of postmodernism and of scientific and historical method (particularly peer review) when applied to the arts and humanities, holding that such areas are inherently subjective and that the imposition of scientific and historical methods are generally attempts at soft censorship and the reinforcement of Leftist hegemony.
The search for the seeds of his desired educational counter-establishment led John Kersey to an in-depth study of alternative higher education across the globe, including both teaching and candidacy for awards, and, for a time, engagement in online controversy in which he debated advocates for government control who sought the elimination of legitimate (in his view) alternative educational provision in small, niche distance learning institutions outside the educational mainstream.
In the course of his first-hand exploration of individualized distance learning, John Kersey served as a part-time member of faculty at the former Knightsbridge University, a private distance learning university in Denmark between 2003 and 2008, after completing a PhD in Music by published work there. He served as a Founder Member of the former World University Roundtable, Arizona, USA, and was an adviser to several universities in Africa and South-East Asia. His other experiences included studying at the doctoral level at a Pentecostal seminary in Texas and at several universities in Central America, obtaining a certificate in management from INSEAD, and engaging in detailed dialogue with university owners and managers who demonstrated highly varied and sometimes unconventional ideological perspectives and insights into their sector. One consequence of this process is that he now holds a wide range of degrees and other academic awards from institutions all over the world.
The ultimate result of this endeavour was the inception of European-American University (EAU) in 2003, where John Kersey served as President and Director of Academic Affairs for a decade before taking up his current position as Chancellor. EAU holds a Royal Charter of Incorporation from the Omukama (King) of Bunyoro-Kitara, who is head of one of the regional governments of Uganda. Since 2015, John Kersey has also served as Chancellor of the Western Orthodox University, a religious institution of the Apostolic Episcopal Church founded in 1945 and today incorporated in the Commonwealth of Dominica. He is Principal of European-American Extension College in the United Kingdom.
The vision of education that is promoted through John Kersey’s management is one of tailored solutions for discerning high achievers who wish to engage dynamically with their own individualized educational process and who prefer the efficiency and freedom from bureaucracy that this can offer, rather than the mass market product available elsewhere. As part of his academic responsibilities, John Kersey oversees several research centres, including the the online Henselt Library, which makes rare scores of nineteenth-century piano music available to the public, OXCEL – The Oxford Centre for Leadership and the Holy Apostles Glastonbury Biblical Seminary, which continues to function as the seminary for the Apostolic Episcopal Church. John Kersey holds a full professorship in the International Program at the Universidad Empresarial de Costa Rica (UNEM).
Acknowledged as an expert in the area of international credentials and their comparability, John Kersey has also been Senior Consultant for Career Consulting International, Florida, USA, since 2005. In this capacity he has provided expert opinion on over ten thousand of the most complex credential-related cases before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, dealing regularly with Referrals for Evidence, Denials and Administrative Appeals Office proceedings. Working closely with Dr Sheila Danzig, Director of CCI, he has developed a client-centred approach of advocacy designed to ensure fair treatment for those educated outside the United States, with particular interests in the Indian subcontinent. This challenging strategy has represented a radical departure from conventional concepts of the foreign credential evaluator as being purely the establishment’s gatekeeper, with attorneys citing it as being instrumental to achieving success in numerous cases.