College Online School Seeks Accreditation
Who Bestows Accrededation?
WHO BESTOWS ACCREDITATION TO ONLINE SCHOOLS?
Is it a real online college degree just cause you find their website on the net? NO
Is it a real online college just because you find out about them in a search engine on the net? NO
How do you know if you are getting what you pay for, a real degree from a real institution? - A regionally accredited college will generally fully accept all your credit in transfer by other regionally accredited colleges. Credits and degrees earned at non-regionally accredited universities are not commonly accepted in transfer by regionally accredited institutions.
Council for Higher Education is the agency that oversees legitimate accrediting agencies. CHEA maintains a directory of recognized accrediting agencies online.
The Regionally Accredited University and the six 6 regional accreditation boards aka agencies are:
1) MSA--Middle States Association
2) NASC--Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges
3) NCA--North Central Association of Colleges & Schools
4) NEASC--New England Association of Schools & Colleges
5) SACS--Southern Association of Colleges & Schools
6) WASC--Western Association of Schools & Colleges.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2.10.18
Missed Connections -- Students who take courses from online colleges that have national accreditation, rather than the regional accreditation held by most traditional colleges, often have difficulty transferring their credits to traditional colleges. http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i08/08a03501.htm
Other Types of Widely Recognized Institutional Accreditation
The Distance Education & Training Council (DETC) is a nationally recognized accreditation agency for colleges and schools that specialize in distance learning. The DETC, founded more than 75 years ago, accredits more than 70 home study institutions.
The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges & Schools (ACICS) is another widely recognized institutional accrediting agency.
Careers regulated by state licensing may require degrees that carry special programmatic accreditation.
- National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- American Bar Association (ABA).
- Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology (ABET)
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools Business International (AACSB) most prestigious type of business school accreditation.
- "STATE APPROVED" schools for private training and trade schools have a state approval process that means they have a license to do business but it is not the same as accreditation. "State Approved" distance learning college degrees from unaccredited universities are not widely accepted in the academic world and may not be accepted for transfer or admission at regionally accredited colleges.
A business that sells a piece of paper. They advertise as being "nationally accredited" or "accredited worldwide." BUT they are only accredited by unrecognized agencies -- bogus accrediting agencies that they themselves have created. Some degree mills lie about their accreditation status. That's why you need to ask if they are accredited by The Regionally Accredited University and the six 6 regional accreditation boards listed above. Take the time to verify all accreditation information and check with CHEA. Diploma mills sell paper diplomas to anyone who pays the mopney. Expect to pay $2,000 for "tuition" or much more. Read all about how this got started. Digital Diploma Mills: The Automation of Higher Education
Diploma Mills: The $200 Million a Year Competitor You Didn't Know You Had. This recent University Business article is by author John Bear who, for 12 years was the FBI's principal consultant and expert witness on diploma mills and fake degrees. Very interesting reading.
COMING AFTER YOU
HUNGRYMINDS.COM- IT'S NOT JUST AN INTERNET PORTAL, IT'S A NEW WAY TO THINK by Scott Berinato The site already offers some 24,000 courses, from big-ticket graduate courses at major universities to the sort of how-to-tie-your-shoes freebies that have become a Web staple."
AT LEAST ONE ONLINE SCHOOL has applied for full academic accreditation in a move that, if successful, could help give additional credibility to this nascent form of education. http://www.zdnet.com/yil/content/depts/dblscoop/9712/ds971201.html#scoop1
International University, which bills itself as "The University of the Web," is based in Englewood, Colorado, and is a "cyberschool" with no traditional campus. Spokesperson Shannon Geary claims that International is the first "Internet-based school to receive candidacy for accreditation" from The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). NCA is the same outfit that grants accreditation to regular bricks and mortar schools like the University of Colorado.
Candidacy for accreditation means that the school is being seriously considered for accreditation, not that International will actually get accredited. Geary explained that there's a one-year examination process, during which "they determine if the school has high standards and meets the standards of other schools." At the end of that period, if International passes, its degrees would theoretically carry the same weight as one from any other university. Geary noted that "many schools have campus based programs that have already been given accreditation, which they then place on the Internet. International University is certainly setting the precedence for Web based education."
Founded by cable television entrepreneur Glenn Jones (the founder of Jones International - which includes Knowledge TV), International University offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Business Communication. You can enroll online. Tuition is $600 for a three credit course at the Bachelors Level and $700 for Masters courses. There's also a $75 admission fee. Faculty and content experts are drawn from places like the University of Illinois, University of Texas at Austin, University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Denver; Depauw University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and Michigan State University.
Geary said that "The school has been up and running since Spring of 1995...and started the (accreditation) review process in October 1996." Geary said that its first student graduated this past Spring and that over the past two years, International University has had "over 600 students and over 60 BA and MA degree-seeking students."
International University: http://www.international.edu
The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA): http://www.ncacihe.org