2 Weeks back I posted 6 Black Listed Universities (post removed). I received the following anonymous email claiming to be an administrator from one of those universities.
I am one of administrative official at one of the school you have mentioned without formal indictments.
This act may and have constituted defaming which certainly financially damaging.
We suggest you either to remove this unfounded misleading posting or provide definite indictments.
You have 7-days to act properly before a legal proceeding would follow.
So, I decided to remove the post (agreeing to the email message above). I’m not sure which University personnel sent that email, but why would someone official be Anonymous?
So, I decided to address the issue with my opinion and provide links to other sources of information. Would I apply to any of the following 6 Universities.
- Tri-Valley University (Tri Valley University Raid)
- The University of Northern Virginia (UNVA FBI Raid 2 days Back)
- Stratford University
- Herguan University ( Herguan University Raid and Arrests )
- International Technical University (now accredited – 2013)
- CA Takshila University
Since FBI had already raided 2 Universities, I don’t have to comment on Tri Valley University and University of Northern Virginia.
I’m going to quote following 2 para from Standards for Agents and Colleges (InsideHigherEd.com)
The U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are making great strides to educate the public on which institutions have legitimate accreditation. The problem is that even unaccredited institutions like Tri-Valley University (which references the education department and CHEA on its website) can be granted authority by the U.S. government to issue I-20s, the documents necessary for foreign students to secure visas to study in the United States.
Others enter one of our counseling centers having no sense of the differences between Harvard University’s regional accreditation, Stratford University’s institutional accreditation through a “national” accreditor, and Herguan University offering no officially recognized accreditation but claiming to be “Approved under the Department of Homeland Security to enroll non-immigrant alien students for attendance by non-immigrant international students,” and asserting that “the California Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education (BPPVE) has granted Herguan University approval as a California degree-granting institution prior to closing.”
Now, let me quote my opinion on 2 remaining universities Accreditation status
- International Technical University – Regional Accreditation Status: Candidate (review process is going on). More Details Here and here.
- Candidate Status is NOT SAME as Accredited Status.
- CA Takshila University – No Result found for search at http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx
- University Website has .org (not .edu)
Regional vs National Accreditation
In 2006, a 23-year-old woman, Latesha Gonzalez, enrolled with Crown College in Tacoma, Washington. At the time, Crown College was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
Latesha was assured when she enrolled with Crown that a local, regionally accredited college, Gonzaga University, would accept Crown courses as the equivalent of its own.
But when Latesha later attempted to transfer her coursework from Crown to Gonzaga she was told by Gonzaga that it would not recognize credits earned from ACCSCT-accredited colleges.
Latesha sued Crown, as did a number of other disgruntled students. She eventually won the suit.
Source – Regional vs National Accreditation. (from geteducated.com)
I have given my opinion as to why I wouldn’t study or apply for admission in above 6 universities.
Now for you prospective students, I will let you guys decide if above 6 universities are right for you.
News Flash – Herguan University Raid – 450 Students in Trouble.