Friday, January 11, 2008

Online Degree Accreditation - What Does It Really Mean?

You should really be wary when you apply for an accredited online university. Avoid diploma mills like the plague. Diploma mills are universities who sell pieces of paper called diplomas that are worthless. The degree means nothing. These so called 'schools' prey on people's lack of knowledge and confusion about what accreditation really means.

One scam that works time and time again for diploma mills that offer these fake programs is to advertise as being "accredited nationally" or "globally accredited". The trick here is that they are indeed "accredited" -- but by unknown and unrecognized agencies -- phony accrediting agencies that they have created themselves.

You Can Protect Yourself

If you're considering an online university, ask the following questions of the university before you enroll:

1. Are You an Accredited University?

2. If So, By Whom Exactly?

Is the accrediting agency a recognized agency? Accreditation by an unrecognized agency is a common ploy used by online diploma mills. In the United States, the Council for Higher Education is the agency that oversees legitimate accrediting agencies. CHEA ( maintains a directory of recognized accrediting agencies online.

3. Do Your Research. Understand the Type of Accreditation You Need.

Attend only those online colleges that hold the type of accreditation you need to advance.

4. Verify Accreditation

Some degree mills lie about their accreditation status. Take the time to verify all accreditation information. Check with CHEA or check the official printed guide to such matters: The American Council on Education's "Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education." This guide can be found in most college libraries.

- Locating Online Colleges through Search Engines -

Your chosen online university appears as a top listing at your favorite search engine. It seems to appear on every portal's educational page. It has to be a real university, right?


A top search engine listing is not an indicator of authenticity or academic quality. A top search engine listing is an indicator of a big online advertising budget. At some search sites the majority of online college listings are held by unaccredited or phony colleges.

Anyone can easily put together a bogus college Web site and submit the resulting URL to a search engine. Search engines do not inspect online colleges to determine their accreditation status or academic validity.

Search engines and most online educational portals accept college listings without checking on accreditation status or academic integrity. Diploma mills and fake colleges advertise heavily on the Internet. Protect yourself by taking the time to verify the accreditation status of all online universities.

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Ashley Bowkett has been headhunting and recruiting quality graduates and working professionals alike for more than 5 years into the television industry. And as an almost full time internet marketer with unique expertise on marketing and doing business in and across China, Ashley seeks to address the concerns of candidates of any age.

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