Articles

Advantages of Online Universities
What It Takes To Be An Online University Student
7 Considerations for Choosing an Online University
The Positives and Negatives of Online Degrees
Accreditation and Fraudulent Degrees
My Experience with Online Education
Online Course: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How
Online Classes: A Reality For You or Not?
Distance Education: A Whole New World
A Traditional Classroom or Distance Learning

Resources & Links

HubDex
College Success Made Easier
College Admission Essay Kit



Accreditation and Fradulent Degrees

Book Image

Fraudulent degrees are very common today. The ultimate reason that people get degrees is so that they can get a great career. Employers are so skeptical about online institutional degrees because of the number of fraudulent companies there are offering degrees. So, here are all of the facts and truths about degrees and accreditation.

Accreditation is a status that a non-government agency gives a university stating that this university or college has met some standard requirements that this agency feels makes the institution a great educating facility. The problem with this is that the requirements can be as simple as, “the institution has to offer at least four degrees.” So, I could offer degrees from my computer and charge people $400 per degree. Because I offer four degrees then I would be considered accredited by this agency. That is exactly how scams work. Companies meet the minimum criteria of an agency or some own the agency, which allows them to sell degrees for a profit and the customer never has to sit in a classroom or attend anything online.

Online courses are a necessity in today business world. There are thousands of graduates every year looking for jobs. Unfortunately, many people in our society are getting replaced by people with degrees. In order for working America to keep there jobs and if anyone ever hopes to move up in there company, they have to have one degree and maybe more. How many people can take time off work to attend school during the day? Not very many companies will allow this. How many people have the time to go to school after work? Not very many people have the time for this. Most people have to go home and feed their families and spend a few minutes with their children, helping them with homework, etc. Online universities or colleges are a necessity in today’s world. So, the government had to step in and try to make employers and prospective students feel better. They had to try to discredit fraudulent institutions. Ironic isn’t it. The first cases that were made public about fraudulent degrees were government officials!

The agency is the most important aspect of any accredited college or university. Any institution can be accredited; the only question is through what agency. There are thousands of accrediting agencies today. The National Education Board of the US government has approved six different agencies that many employers trust. The six agencies cover different areas of the country.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont and a few international schools ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Doctorate level. The North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA) accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, New Mexico, South Dakota, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Wyoming ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Doctorate level. The Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) accredits schools in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other locations overseas ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Doctorate level. The Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS) accredits schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia and some in Latin America ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Doctorate level. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits schools in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Pacific Basin, and East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Doctorate level. The Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWCCU) accredits schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington ranging from Pre-Kindergarten through Doctorate level.

The United States Department of Education suggests that any perspective student checks the validity of accreditation with both of the following databases, http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp and www.chea.org. The US government does not offer any accreditation, but does suggest using these two sites to determine if the accreditation is authentic or if it is fraudulent. This is what most employers will want to see to prove the degree is real and not a fake one. If the college you are looking at is accredited by one of the six agencies above, you will probably find it on these websites and it will be trusted by the employers you are looking for employment with.