List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning


List of unaccredited institutions of higher learning

"Due to the dynamic nature of many unaccredited institutions, there can never be a complete list of unaccredited institutions. Therefore one cannot draw conclusions regarding the status of an institution based on not finding it in this list."

This is a list of colleges, seminaries, and universities lacking educational accreditation.

Degrees or other qualifications from unaccredited institutions may not be accepted by civil service or other employers. See "Unaccredited institutions of higher learning" for discussion of the various reasons why institutions may operate without accreditation.

Institutions that appear on this list are those that grant post-secondary academic degrees but are listed as unaccredited by a . Some of these institutions are no longer in operation. Several unaccredited universities have names that are similar to those of accredited institutions or that falsely imply that it is a public university.

* Académie Européene d'Informatisation, Belgium [ [http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/doc/Widu_belgian_response.pdf Letter from Ministère de la Communauté française, Belgium, to AACRAO] , April 15, 2005, identifies this institution as a private organization in Belgium whose diplomas and degrees have "no legal effects."]
* Academy of Natural Therapies (formerly in Hawaii until closed by court order; may have reopened in Wyoming or Montana) [State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/natural_therapies/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Academy of Natural Therapies] ]
* Academy of Religious & Spiritual Studies
* Adam Smith University, Liberia, Saipan
* Addison State University, Ottawa, Canada; "has no Ontario authorization to issue degrees"
* Akamai University
* All Saints American University, Liberia
* Almeda University [ [http://www.usdla.org/html/membership/organizMembers.htm United States Distance Learning Association list of the accreditation status of its members and affiliates] ]
* Ambassador University Corporation
* American Bible College University (Arizona) [http://www.tracs.org/member.htm As of August 15, 2008 ]
* American Central University (Wyoming) [http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2005/03/12/news/wyoming/171b31f3699b832087256fc1003d8d3b.txt Tie to illegal degrees doesn't block Wyo. school licensing] , "Casper Star Tribune", March 12, 2005.]
* American Coastline University (formerly operated from mailbox rental services in Hawaii and Louisiana; was owned by Dr Richard Hoyer) [http://www.auqa.edu.au/auqf/2004/program/papers/Brown.pdf Protecting Australia’s Higher Education System: A Proactive Versus Reactive Approach in Review (1999–2004)] by George Brown, "Proceedings of the Australian Universities Quality Forum 2004" (10 pages)]
* American College of Metaphysical Theology, Golden Valley, Minnesota [ [http://www.americancollege.com/Media/Accredit.htm Accreditation] page on the American College of Metaphysical Theology website (accessed November 12, 2007) states that the institution is an "incorporated religious non-profit organization and a non-secular school" that is "not accredited." The website [http://www.americancollege.com/Media/DocBene.htm also states] that doctoral degrees can be obtained in as little as one month for a full price of $249. ]
* American Global University
* American National University [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/anu/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuit: American National University] ]
* American Pacwest International University [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/news/PWUH Press release: Pacific Western University (Hawaii) aka American PacWest International University] , May 19, 2006]
* American Pacific University
* American School of Metaphysics, New York
* American State University [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/AMS/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuit: American State University] ] (Hawaii) (aka Hamilton University)
* American University in London [ [http://www.cufa.bc.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=77&Itemid=44 Private Educator Faces New Questions] , "The Vancouver Sun", 16 October 2006]
* American University of London Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, [http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.aspx Unaccredited Colleges] ] Pakistan Higher Education Commission, [http://web.archive.org/web/20061223061754/http://www.hec.gov.pk/htmls/hei/public_alert1.htm Public Alert on Substandard Private Universities] ]
* American University of Hawaii [State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/AUH/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: American University of Hawaii] ] (in Gulfport, Mississippi and Clinton, Mississippi; also reported to be operating in India [University Grants Commission, India, [http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/malprac.html Fake Universities Mal Practices Alert] ] ; not to be confused with University of Hawaii)
* American World University [cite web | author=Bartlett, Thomas and Scott Smallwood| year=2004| title="Maxine Asher Has a Degree for You" | format=http | work=The Chronicle of Higher Education | url=http://chronicle.com/free/v50/i42/42a01201.htm | accessmonthday=22 June |accessyear=2007]
* Ames Christian University, Florida
* Andersonville Theological Seminary, Camilla, Georgia [ATS catalog states that it is "in the process of obtaining a new accreditation from Transworld Accrediting Commission, an agency in California." [http://www.andersonvilleseminary.com/pdf/info.pdf Andersonville Theological Seminary 2007 Catalog] That organization is not listed as a recognized accreditor in the United States.]
* Apostolic Prophetic Bible College & Theological Seminary, Rochester Hills, Michigan
* Ashford University, United Kingdom; not to be confused with the accredited Ashford University in Iowa
* Ashwood University
* Atlantic International University [ [http://www.aiu.edu/Accreditation.html Atlantic International University website] states that the school is incorporated in the U.S. state of Hawaii and has "private accreditation" through an entity "not regulated or approved by the US Department of Education."]
* Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University Education Society (Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka, India)
* Barber-Scotia College (lost accreditation in 2004) [PCUSA, Presbyterian News Service, [http://www.pcusa.org/pcnews/2004/04331.htm Barber-Scotia College loses accreditation] , July 23, 2004]
* Barrington University (Mobile, Alabama) (formerly operated by Virtual Academics.Com of Boca Raton, Florida [ [http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2000/10/30/story3.html Alabama threatens to pull university license] , "South Florida Business Journal", October 27, 2000] )
* Belford UniversityCraig Malisow, [http://www.houstonpress.com/2006-07-20/news/first-degree-fraud/ First-Degree Fraud] , "Houston Press", July 20, 2006] "(operated from a PO Box in Humble, Texas; not to be confused with the University of Bedford which is linked to University Degree Program)"
* Beloved Community Seminary, Oregon, Hawaii
* Bennington University"(not to be confused with Bennington College)"
* Berne University
* Bettis Christian University, Arkansas
* B. H. Carroll Theological Institute Arlington, Texas [ "B. H. Carroll Theological Institute was organized to seek accreditation and certification of and ultimately begin a Baptist Seminary. If granted accreditation and certification, the Institute will be a graduate level community of faith and learning..." http://www.bhcti.org/about-us/faqs.html ]
* The Bible Doctrine Institute (Jacksonville, Florida; founded in 1986 as The Blue Ridge Bible Institute) [ [http://www.tbdi.org/handbook.pdf The Bible Doctrine Institute handbook] ]
* Bienville University (Woodville, Mississippi)
* Bircham International University (formerly Oxford International University)
*Brethren Bible Institute, Pathanamthitta, India [http://www.bbipta.com/]
* Breyer State UniversityClay Risen, [http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20060123&s=risen012306 The Scourge of Fake Diplomas] , "The New Republic", 01.23.06.]
* British West Indies Medical College "(earlier known as West Indies College of Naturopathic Medicine and Surgery)" [ [http://www.chiroweb.com/archives/11/01/04.html DCs Lured to Foreign Medical School] ," Dynamic Chiropractic", January 1, 1993, Volume 11, Issue 01] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/education/1039562.stm 'Fake doctor factory' awards degrees] , BBC News, 26 November, 2000]
* Bronte International University
* Buxton University "(not to be confused with the University of Derby's Buxton campus) (Connected with instantdegrees.com)"
* Calamus International University [http://www.unicalamus.org] [Citation | title = INFORMATION ABOUT IIAA ACCREDITATION (2005-2007) | url = http://www.unicalamus.org/iiaa-info.htm | accessdate = 2007-07-17. This is Calamus' own page, disclaiming any accreditation.] (Has no campus; corporate location in British West Indies; operates in the UK through "Calamus Extension College Ltd.")
* California Graduate InstituteThe California Board of Psychology. [http://www.psychboard.ca.gov/licensing/unaccredited.htm Unaccredited California Approved Schools: A History and Current Status Report] . Government, State of California. Retrieved 6 July 2007.]
*California Graduate School of Theology [" [http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/paluxy/degrees.html A Matter of Degree: Carl Baugh's Alleged Credentials] ," NCSE Reports Vol 9, No. 6, Nov-Dec. 1989]
*California Southern University [ [http://www.calsouthern.edu/AboutUs/Approvals.aspx Californian Southern website] lists several state approvals, but no accreditation.]
* Calvary Chapel Bible College (This institution's website states: "We are not accredited, nor are we seeking accreditation, so as to be free from outside control and remain open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.") [ [http://www.calvarychapelbiblecollege.com/wb/pages/main-campus/general-information/accreditation.php Calvary Chapel Bible College Accreditation] ]
* Cambridge State University (in Jackson, Mississippi) ("district officials discovered the school has an extensive criminal history and is nothing more than a diploma mill.") [Jackie Harrison-Martin, [http://www.thenewsherald.com/stories/070206/loc_20060702004.shtml Online degree decision pleases district officials] , "The News-Herald", Southgate, Michigan, July 2, 2006.]
* Canbourne University"(not to be confused with Camborne School of Mines)"
* Canby Bible College, Canby, Oregon, formerly Leadership Training Institute (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”) [http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/religious_exempt.aspx Oregon Office of Degree Authorization Religious Exempt Schools] Retrieved 20 Oct 2007]
* Canterbury University of the Seychelles [ [http://www.dfes.gov.uk/recognisedukdegrees/index.cfm?fuseaction=institutes.list&InstituteCategoryID=1&OrderBy=Category Recognised bodies] listed by DfEE, retrieved 24 May 2007] [ [http://www.wes.org/ewenr/05oct/feature.htm Fighting Credential Fraud] - World Education News & Reviews website, retrieved 24 May 2007]
* Canyon College [Citation | url = http://chronicle.com/free/v51/i14/14a02901.htm | title = Don't Judge a College by Its Internet Address | first = Dan | last = Carnevale | journal = The Chronicle of Higher Education | year = 2004 | volume = 51 | issue = 4 | pages = A29 ]
* Capital City Religious Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
* Carolina University of Theology, Manassas, Virginia (Website states that school is accredited by Accrediting Commission International but notes “This accreditation is not recognized by the US Dept. of Education. It is our intention in the months ahead to pursue a full accredited status with an agency recognized by the US Dept. of Education.” [ [http://www.cutofnova.org/frequently%20asked%20questions.pdf Carolina University of Theology FAQ Page] , last updated 22 Sep 2006] )
* Charis School of Divinity, Florida
* Chase University
* Christ For The Nations Institute [ [http://www.cfni.org/accreditation.php Christ for the Nations Institute website: Accreditation] (accessed March 21, 2008): "Board of Directors of Christ For The Nations has determined to withdraw from pursuing accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education ... CFNI holds accreditation with the International Christian Accrediting Association (ICAA) ... ICAA is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education." ]
* Christian Leadership University, New York
* Clarksville School of Theology, Clarksville, Tennessee, shut down in 1982 [Closure for lack of legal authority to issue degrees is cited in [http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/ebriefs/03/03099501.pdf Texas State Supreme Court decision] and in [http://www.carlstevens.org/subpage5.html "Berkshire Eagle" article, 5 November 1985] .]
* Chadwick University (Alabama) [Adam Jones, [http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20070211/NEWS/702110399/0/FRONTPAGE State’s diploma mills draw academic ire.] "Tuscaloosa News", Feb. 11, 2007] [http://web.archive.org/web/20070402214223/http://www.citylinkmagazine.com/archives/101503coverstory.html Schoolhouse crock] , "CityLink", October 15, 2003.]
* Clayton College of Natural Health [http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.html The Oregon Office of Degree Authorization] lists it as an "unaccredited college." "Degree holders are ineligible for Oregon professional practice or licensure."] (same operator as Chadwick University) (in Alabama)
* Clayton Theological Institute, California
* Clayton University (Hong Kong)
* Colton University [ http://www.coltonuniversity.org/pages/legal.htm "Colton State University is not accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education." ]
* Columbia Pacific University
* Columbia State University
* Columbus University (Picayune, Mississippi) (Closed by state action in Louisiana)
* Commonwealth Open University "(Virgin Islands; not to be confused with Commonwealth Institute)"
* Communion of Saints Seminary, Oregon
* Concordia College and UniversityState of Michigan, [http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Non-accreditedSchools_78090_7.pdf Colleges and universities not accredited by an accrediting body of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation] ]
* Crescent City Christian College (Metairie, Louisiana) ("basically a coach's house — no campus, no facilities, no faculty, no library that anyone could discover") [http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2004-05-04-bogus-degrees_x.htm States probe teachers' uses of bogus advanced degrees] , "USA Today", 5/4/2004.]
* Crown College (Tennessee) [According to its website, the college has not sought accreditation and does not accept direct federal funds. [http://www.thecrowncollege.com/Admissions/FAQ.aspx Crown College Admissions FAQ] (accessed June 14, 2007)]
* Crown College (Tacoma, Washington) (lost accreditation in 2007) [See [http://seattle.bizjournals.com/seattle/stories/2007/08/06/story9.html?b=1186372800%5e1501435&surround=etf Tacoma career college loses its accreditation] , by Justin Matlick, "Puget Sound Business Journal", August 3, 2007, and [http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003828234_crown09m.html Accreditation lost, Tacoma school closes] by Emily Heffter, "Seattle Times", August 9, 2007]
* Dispensational Theological Seminary Forest Grove, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as an unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Donsbach University (or Donsback University) [Stephen Barrett, M.D., [http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/donsbachuniv.html Some Notes on Donsbach University] , Quackwatch website, May 28, 2004] [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DE5DC133AF930A3575BC0A960948260 Nutrition Quackery: Big Business] , "New York Times", August 3, 1986]
* Dorcas University (Honolulu, Hawaii)
* Dublin Metropolitan University
* Earlscroft University [http://web.archive.org/web/20060627232714/http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/index_OR.html Information about some degree-granting institutions not accredited by CHEA-recognized organizations] , Oregon Office of Degree Authorization, 2004-2006.]
* Eastern Caribbean University (Texas and St. Kitts)
* École supérieure Robert de Sorbon (purportedly in France, but linked to diploma mills in Sarasota, Florida) (aka American Universities Admission Program) [ [http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/02/10/aacrao Registrars’ Group Takes On Diploma Mills] , "Inside Higher Ed", February 10, 2006.]
* Ellington University [http://media.www.theeastcarolinian.com/media/storage/paper915/news/2004/09/30/Features/Diploma.Mills.Offer.Degrees.For.A.Price-2209285.shtml Diploma mills offer degrees for a price and not much else] , "The East Carolinian", September 30, 2004]
* European Open Universitycite web|url=http://www.quackwatch.org/04ConsumerEducation/nonrecorg.html|author=Stephen Barrett, MD|title=Questionable Organizations: An Overview|accessdate=2007-02-12|publisher=Quackwatch] "Not to be confused with the European Open Universities Network at European Association of Distance Teaching Universities"
* Fairfax University
* Faith Seminary - Salem, formerly Oregon Theological Seminary (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Farington University [Ian Rollins, [http://www.democratherald.com/articles/2006/05/05/news/local/news02.txt Sheriff: Degree didn’t aid Burright] , Albany (Oregon) "Democrat-Herald", May 5, 2006]
* Florida State Christian College, Florida
* Friends International Christian University, Florida & California. Website states, “FICU is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education.” [ [http://www.ficu.edu/accreditation.htm Friends Int’l Christian University Accreditation Statement] , Retrieved 21 Oct 2007]
* Full Gospel Christian College, Pontiac, Michigan
* Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith
* Generale University (also called Generale Polytechnic Institute)
* Geo-Metaphysical Institute, New York
* George Wythe College, Cedar City, Utah [cite web |url=http://www.gwc.edu/misc/disclaimer.php |title=Disclaimer |publisher= George Wythe College |accessdate=2008-05-12]
* Georgia Christian University, Norcross, Georgia
* Glencullen University ("A phony 'Irish university' is marketing degrees internationally via the Internet. An EL reporter in the US, posing as a prospective student, has been offered an English literature degree from 'Glencullen University', without any study, for $960.") [Harry Browne, " [http://www.ireland.com/education/el/news4.htm 'Irish' university is mobile phoney] ," "The Irish Times".]
* Global Church Theological Seminary and Global Church University
* Golden State School of Theology [ [http://www.goldenstate.edu/faq.htm#5 Golden State School of Theology FAQ] ] (Stockton, California)
* Golden State Baptist College, Santa Clara, California. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement, listed among Wikipedia category Unaccredited Christian colleges and universities. [ [http://www.gsbc.edu/PDF/GSBC_Catalog_07.pdf Golden State Baptist College Catalog] , Retrieved 26 Oct 2007]
* Greenwich Universitycite news | url = http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/higher_education/policy_issues_reviews/key_issues/assuring_quality_in_higher_education/alert_on_greenwich_university.htm | title = Alert on Greenwich University | publisher = Australian Department of Education | date = 2002 | accessdate = 2007-06-24] (Operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002. Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England)
*Hamilton University [CBS News, 60 Minutes II, [http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/11/08/60II/main654319.shtml Diplomas For Sale] , Nov. 10, 2004.] (aka American State University)
*Hiwassee College, Tennessee, USA [ [http://www.sacscoc.org/documents/FinalwebannouncementonHiwassee.pdf Updated Notification to the Public Regarding the Revised Accreditation Status of Hiwassee College] , Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, April 16, 2008; announces the termination of Hiwassee's accreditation.]
*Holy Trinity College and Seminary, New Port Richey, Florida. The Seminary’s website notes its choice to remain unaccredited and states, "the degree programs of this college are designed solely for religious vocations." [ [http://www.angelfire.com/biz/Southern/Catalog.html Holy Trinity Catalog] , Retrieved 20 Oct 2007]
* Honolulu University "(aka Honolulu University of the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities)" [German Press Agency, " [http://rawstory.com/news/2006/US_university_sues_dead_Singapore_a_10152006.html US university sues dead Singapore agent] ," October 15, 2006]
* Hyles-Anderson College and Hyles-Anderson College Seminary, Crown Point, Indiana. Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement. Founder asserted that the college remains unaccredited because the government would "take away our freedom." [ [http://www.hylesanderson.com/pdfs/haccatalog2007-2008.pdf Hyles-Anderson College & Seminary Catalog] , Retrieved 26 Oct 2007]
* Illinois Theological Seminary Online, also named In-Depth Theological Seminary, Independent Theological Seminary and Intercontinental Theological Seminary. [ [http://itseminary.proboards46.com/ IT Seminary ProBoards Page] , Retrieved 20 Oct 2007] School states: “ITS is not an accredited school with any accreditation board. ITS very much cherishes...the principle of separation between Church and State.” [ [http://www.freewebs.com/indepthseminary/accreditation_statement.htm Illinois Theological Seminary homepage] , Retrieved 20 Oct 2007]
* Intercontinental University
* Interfaith Seminary, formerly Interfaith School of Theology, New Rochelle, New York (Institution’s website states: “IFS is not accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency or association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and has no plans to seek such accreditation.”) [ [http://www.i-f-s.org/ Interfaith Seminary home page] , Retrieved 20 Oct 2007]
* International Bible University, Norwalk, California, Carpinteria, California, and Hawaii. Also named E M International Bible University. Website states, “Accredited by the world's largest non-Governmental accrediting agency.” [ [http://emibu.org/ Int’l Bible University HomePage] , Retrieved 21 Oct 2007]
* International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida
* International University of Ministry and Education (Grandview, Missouri) [Steve Rock, [http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/190385.html Unaccredited school in Grandview offers degrees of uncertainty] , "The Kansas City Star", July 14, 2007]
* International Theological University California
* IOND University (Hawaii, Japan) [ [http://www.iond-univ.org/hawaii/ IOND University website] ] [State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/ionduniversity/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: IOND University] ]
* Irish International University [Morris, Nigel (Monday, 7 January 2008). [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/7175730.stm Bogus university scam uncovered] BBC News. Accessed 2008-01-07 ] [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20070712161425/http://www.asiaweek.com/asiaweek/features/universities2000/artic_online.html Click Here for a Diploma] , by Cesar Bacani and Oliver Rohlfs, AsiaWeek.com, 2000.]
* James Monroe University (also called James Monroe International University) [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0512/15/pzn.01.html Diploma Mills Represent Security Threat to United States] December 15 2005 CNN, Paula Zahn Now]
* Kennedy-Western UniversityTexas Higher Education Coordinating Board, [http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/AAR/PrivateInstitutions/NoTX.cfm Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas] . Under Texas law "fraudulent or substandard degrees" are degrees conferred in Texas in violation of the Texas Education Code, conferred in another state in violation of that state's laws, conferred in another state by an institution not accredited by an accreditor recognized in Texas, or conferred outside the United States by an institution that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board determines is not the equivalent of an accredited or authorized degree.]
* Kensington University [State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/kensington/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Kensington University] ] [Florida State Rep. Jennifer Carroll removed the reference to a Kensington master's degree in 2004 after a news reporter asked about it. In 2007 she told another reporter that she had spent more than $20,000 and "countless hours of research" on the degree, "only to find out that the institution lied about being accredited." [http://www.sptimes.com/2007/12/06/State/PS__Your_MA_or_PhD_ma.shtml] ]
* Kent College (Louisiana)
* Kentucky Christian University, Ashland, Kentucky (not to be confused with Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky, which "is" accredited)
* Kingston College (British Columbia) (illegal operation closed down October 4, 2006); not to be confused with Kingston College (England) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
* Knightsbridge University
* Knoxville College (lost accreditation in 1996)
* Lacrosse University [Associated Press, [http://www.billingsgazette.com/newdex.php?display=rednews/2005/04/23/build/wyoming/35-distance-degree.inc Cheyenne police chief defends distance-learning degree] , April 23, 2005.]
* Louisiana Baptist University (formerly Baptist Christian University) [ [http://www.lbu.edu/macacademic.html Louisiana Baptist University Academics and Vision "However, as a primarily religious institution, LBU has not sought either regional or national accreditation by a secular accrediting agency."] [http://www.ocweekly.com/news/news/dr-jihad/24608/ Dr. Jihad: The crusading life of Islam ‘expert’ Robert Morey (page 1)] "Orange County Weekly March 2, 2006 ]
* Louisiana Christian University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
* LaSalle University (Louisiana) [Jan Colley, [http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1008282006 Hypnotist McKenna sues over degree claim] , "The Scotsman", 11 July 2006.] [Michael Horsnell, [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,23569-2264120,00.html McKenna sues over claim he bought PhD] , "The Times", 11 July 2006.] "(not to be confused with La Salle University (Philadelphia), nor with The LaSalle Extension University (Chicago))"
* London College of Technology and Business [Sean Coughlan, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/3784751.stm College trading standards probe] , BBC News, 8 June, 2004.]
*Logos Divinity School [http://logostheology.com/]
*Madison University (Gulfport, Mississippi) [Madison University's website states (on the page " [http://www.madisonu.com/accreditation.html Accreditation & Recognition] ") that the school is "fully accredited" by the World Association of Universities and Colleges. However, WAUC is not a recognized accreditation agency.] Mississippi Commission on College Accreditation, [http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf Non-approved entities] (accessed June 23, 2007)]
* Maharana Patap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya (Pratapgarh, India)
* Mahila Gram Vidyapith (Prayag, Allahabad, India)
* Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya (Darbhanga, Bihar, India)
* Master's International School of Divinity, Evansville, Indiana (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as “unaccredited religious exempt school”)
* Metropolitan Collegiate Institute "(associated with the fake teaching hospital Sussex General Hospital, both purportedly in London)" [BBC News, [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/1039562.stm 'Fake doctor factory' awards degrees] , 26 November 2000.]
* Miami Christian University, Miami, Florida
* Monticello University [State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/monticello/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Monticello University] ] [ [http://www.bizjournals.com/pacific/stories/2000/05/29/focus1.html State dominates the $200 million quick-degree industry] , by Heather Tang, "Pacific Business News" (Honolulu), May 26, 2000]
* Morris Brown College (lost accreditation in 2002) [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/01/AR2006050101382.html College's Ex-President Pleads Guilty to Fraud] , "Washington Post", May 2, 2006]
* Mountain States Baptist College, Montana. [ [http://www.fairview4u.org/index.php?id=4 Mountain States Baptist College website] , Retrieved 26 Oct 2007] Part of Independent Baptist Bible College Movement. [ [http://bn66.com/churches/schools.html List of Independent Baptist Bible Colleges] , Retrieved 26 Oct 2007]
* Nations University, Monroe, Louisiana [ [http://www.nationsu.org/standing Nations website] discusses "Why has Nations University not sought accreditation of its programs?"]
* New Tribes Bible Institute, Jackson, Michigan and Waukesha, Wisconsin [Website states: "Although NTBI is not accredited, a number of Christian colleges and universities accept our credits." ( [http://www.ntm.org/ntbi/ac_fed.php?page=further%20education&io=3 New Tribes Bible Institute website] , Retrieved 21 Oct 2007)]
* New West Seminary Oregon City, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Novus University (Diamondhead, Mississippi)
* Oregon College of Ministry, Gresham, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
* Ohio Christian College
* Pacific International University (Springfield, Missouri; originally was located in Victoria, Australia)
* Pacific National University and Theological Institute, Los Angeles, California
* Pacific Southern University [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/PSU/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Pacific Southern University] ]
* Pacific Western University (California)
* Patriot Bible University (formerly Patriot University, Colorado; claims that its accreditation is by American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions, which is an unrecognized agency deemed to be an accreditation mill) [ [http://www.patriotuniversity.org/index.php?mod=Articles&menuid=67 PBU website] (Accessed June 23, 2007)] Maine Department of Higher Education, [http://www.maine.gov/education/highered/Non-Accredited/non-accredited.htm Non-Accredited Colleges & Universities List] ]
* Pensacola Bible Institute [Nowhere identified as accredited. Promotional item on page 7 of " [http://www.kjv1611.org/BBB/2007/jun-07.pdf Bible Believer's Bulletin] ", Vol. 31 No. 6, June 2007, a newsletter published by PBI head Peter Ruckman states, "Some hidden nuggets from the King James that you are not going to be taught in any accredited school," indicating Ruckman's attitude toward educational accreditation.]
* Pensacola Christian College [Thomas Bartlett, [http://chronicle.com/free/v52/i29/29a04001.htm A College That's Strictly Different: Secretive Pensacola Christian controls student life with tough regulations and unwritten rules] , "The Chronicle of Higher Education", March 24, 2006]
* Portland Bible College Portland, Oregon (Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization lists this institution as unaccredited religious exempt school)
*Preston University (aka Fairmount International University) [cite news | url=http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2007/03/17/news/wyoming/91016bed29c488e38725729e0082649c.txt | title=New law prompts online school changes| publisher=Associated Press | date= March 15, 2007 | first=Mead | last=Gruver | accessdate = 2007-03-13]
* Promis University of London
* [http://www.providencecc.net Providence Christian College (Ontario, California)] [ [http://www.providencecc.net/accreditation.cfm Providence Christian College Website] ]
* Raja Arabic University (Nagpur, India)
* Regent International University [ [http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/comment/story/0,,1813525,00.html 'I'm a celebrity, get me an honorary degree!'] , "The Guardian", July 6, 2006] (not to be confused with Regent University)
* Rochville University (not to be confused with La Rochville University, an accredited university in France)
* Rushmore University
* Rutherford University (previously known as Senior University and Stratford International University)
* Saint Martin’s College and Seminary, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
* Saint Stephen’s Educational Bible College, Los Angeles, California
* Sacramento International University, (also called San Francisco International University, and Bellington University) [ [http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=2038&dept_id=230617&newsid=17832530&PAG=461&rfi=9] , "Character building, health topics for YLC By: DAVID OWENS, Associate Editor02/10/2007]
* Southern California University for Professional Studies (former name for California Southern University)
*Sancta Sophia Seminary, Oklahoma. Claims "accreditation" by the Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries, Inc., [ [http://www.sanctasophia.org/Welcome-Overview.html Sancta Sophia Seminary website] , accessed March 28, 2008] an unrecognized accreditation agency. [http://www.accreditnow.com/default.aspx?page=0-introduction&main=&selected=pnl1Item0-0 Accrediting Commission International website] , accessed March 28, 2008. "We have never applied to the U.S. Department of Education for any affiliation with the government."]
* St. Clements University (Called a "degree mill" by the State of Maine [ [http://web.archive.org/web/20061126191002/http://mainegov-images.informe.org/education/highered/Non-Accredited/UnaccreditedSchools-042706.pdf #564] ] , but removed from list after a formal action taken by St. Clements University. )
* St. John's University School of Medicine (Montserrat)
* St. Paul’s College & Seminary, Saint Paul, Minnesota
* St. Regis University (Dominica; Liberia; Washington D.C.; and U.S. state of Washington; closed by court order in June 2005) [ [http://www.embassyofliberia.org/news/item_a.html Urgent Disclaimer on the illegal establishment and recognition of higher education institutions in the Republic of Liberia] The Embassy of Liberia, 2004.]
* South California Polytechnic University (Taiwan)
* South Pacific University [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/spu/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: South Pacific University] ]
* Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary [ [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/08/04/AR2007080401299.html Bland's Words Echo Kofi Annan's] By Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post, August 5, 2007]
* Stanton University [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/stanton/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Stanton University] ]
*Success Seminary, Oregon
* Suffield University; operating illegally in Connecticut
* Summerset University ("Appears to be a new version of the "University Degree Program" cluster supposedly closed by UK and US action. It has no legal authority to issue degrees.")
* Tennessee Christian University, Tennessee
* Texas Christian Bible University (Crowley, Texas)
* Texas Theological University, Texas
* Thomas Jefferson Education Foundation [cite book |last=Bear |first=John |authorlink= |coauthors=Bear, Mariah P. |editor= |others= |title=Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning |origdate= |origyear= |origmonth= |url=http://www.google.com/books?id=k67XC_7y5xEC&pg=PA333&dq=%22Thomas+Jefferson+Education%22&ei=v2CGSIeFKo6UiAHnmNDcAw&sig=ACfU3U3aUq6lO97T8f6fFONKJSb7z9z1yA |format= |accessdate= |accessyear= |accessmonth= |edition= |series= |volume= |date= |year=2003 |month= |publisher=Ten Speed Press |location= |language= |isbn=1580084311 |oclc= |doi= |id= |pages= |chapter= |chapterurl= |quote= ]
* Trinity College and University
* Trinity Southern University (See: Colby Nolan) [Abbie Vansickle, [http://www.sptimes.com/2006/10/21/Hillsborough/Deputy_keeps_job__not.shtml Deputy keeps job, not diploma] , "St. Petersburg Times", October 21, 2006]
*Trinity School of Apologetics and Theology [http://www.trinitytheology.org/]
* Tyndale Theological Seminary (In August 2007, the Texas Supreme Court reversed the decisions of the lower courts, ruling in favor of Tyndale Theological Seminary. The ruling allows seminaries to offer theological education and award religious degrees without state government approval or oversight.) [ [http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/historical/2007/aug/030995.pdf Texas Supreme Court overturns fines, rules Seminary may legally grant degrees] , Aug. 31, 2007] [http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/129/51.0.html Texas Court Reinstates $173,000 Fine Against 'Seminary'] , "Christianity Today", July 2003]
* United Nations University (Delhi, India; not to be confused with United Nations University)University Grants Commission, India, [http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/fakealerts.html List of fake universities (as on August 24, 2006)] ]
* Universal Bible Institute, Birmingham, Alabama
* Université de Wallis (lists addresses in Wallis and Fortuna and United Kingdom)
* University of Berkley (in Erie County, Pennsylvania) [cite news | url=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05189/534844.stm | title=Judge shuts down Erie 'diploma mill' | publisher=Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | date= July 08, 2005| first=Tim | last=Grant | accessdate = 2007-07-20] [cite news | url=http://universitybusiness.ccsct.com/page.cfm?p=954 | title=Judge Lets Diploma Mill Stay in Business | publisher=University Business | date= 2007| first= | last= | accessdate = 2007-01-20]
* University of Central Europe (Pascagoula, Mississippi)
* University Consulting, Inc.
* University Degree Program (formerly operated at least 28 different diploma mills in at least five countries) [ [http://chronicle.com/free/v50/i42/42a01401.htm The University of Spam] , "The Chronicle of Higher Education", June 25, 2004]
* University of Esoterica (Institution website states: "We are not accredited by any state agency, and don't want to be...due to entanglements and Separation of Church and State." [ [http://www.northernway.org/degrees.html University of Esoterica Religious Degrees] , Retrieved 19 Oct 2007] )
* University of the Holy Land, Israel
* University of Lamberhurst
* University of Metaphysical Sciences [http://www.umsonline.org/accred.htm Accreditation and Associations] , UMS website (States that the school issues only religious degrees; lists two unrecognized agencies as its accreditors.)]
* University of Metaphysical Studies, New Mexico
* University of Metaphysics, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Also called University of Sedona [http://www.metaphysics.com/ University of Metaphysics website] (Source for information about the locations and other topics.)]
* University of the Nations [ [http://www.uofnkona.edu/index.cfm?fuseaction=control.main&sectionid=182 Considerations about accreditation] , University of the Nations website (states that the school lacks accreditation and provides several justifications for this situation).]
* University of Northern Washington [State of Hawaii Department of commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/UNW/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: University of Northern Washington] ]
* University of NorthWest
* University of Santa Monica, also known as Kohenor University
*University of Sedona, Studio City, California, and Sedona, Arizona. Alternative name for University of Metaphysics
* Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya (India)
* Vancouver University WorldwideConfederation of University Faculty Associations of British Columbia, [http://www.bcdegrees.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=13&Itemid=25 Who is operating illegally in BC?] , updated 28 March 2007, accessed July 15, 2007]
* Varanaseya Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya
* Vision International University [ [http://www.vision.edu/institutions/viu/authorization.asp VIU Authorization] , Vision International University website]
* Warnborough University or College
* Warren National University
* Washington International University [State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, [http://www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/ocp/udgi/lawsuits/WIU/ Civil Enforcement Lawsuits: Washington International University] ] (in Pennsylvania)
* Washington School of Theology, Oregon
* West Coast Baptist College, Lancaster, California. Website states: "Pursuing accreditation...is not our intention.” [ [http://www.westcoastbaptist.edu/Accreditation.asp West Coast Baptist College Accreditation Statement] , Retrieved 26 Oct 2007]
* West Coast University of Panama (Bangladesh) [ [http://www.newagebd.com/2007/apr/17/met.html#2 UGC asked to sue West Coast University of Panama] , "The Daily Newspaper", Dhaka, April 17, 2007]
* Western Michigan Bible Institute, Muskegon, Michigan
* Weston Reserve University
* Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary, Washington (“The Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary is not accredited through the mainstream religious accrediting bodies because of the uniqueness of Pagan religions... Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary has been granted religious exemption by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board Degree Authorization Agency as a college level degree granting institution of higher learning.”) [ [http://wiccanseminary.edu/catalog/page10.php Woolston-Steen Theological Seminary Catalog] , 4th Printing June, 2007, Retrieved 20 Oct 2007]
* World Information Distributed University (Russia, Belgium, Switzerland) [ Erwin Malfroy, NARIC-Vlaanderen (Higher Education Administration Flemish Community of Belgium), [http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/doc/widu%20link%202.pdf PDF of e-mail message sent April 05, 2005] , confirming that "you may consider the World Information Distributed University, located in Belgium as a diploma mill."] [ [http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=6893949 IUPUI admits unchecked credentials] , WTHR Channel 13, Indianapolis, Aug 6, 2007]

References

ee also

* Educational accreditation
* Accreditation mill
* American Biographical Institute
* Council for Higher Education Accreditation
* Diploma mill
* Distance education
* List of recognized accreditation associations of higher learning
* List of unrecognized accreditation associations of higher learning
* Nationally recognized accrediting agencies in the United States

External links

* [http://www.chea.org Database for Accreditation] in the United States (CHEA)
* [http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation Database for Accreditation] in the United States (USDE)
* [http://www.dfes.gov.uk/providersregister/ Database for Accreditation] in the United Kingdom
* [http://www.higheredconsulting.com.au/links.html Database for Accreditation] in Australia
* [http://www.education.nic.in/collegedir/collegedir.asp Database for Accreditation] in India
* [http://www.ugc.ac.in/inside/fakealerts.html List of fake universities] in India
* [http://www.lan.gov.my/english/accredited.htm Database for Accreditation] in Malaysia
* [http://www.diplomamills.nl/ Database for Accreditation] in the Netherlands
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20061223061754/http://www.hec.gov.pk/htmls/hei/public_alert1.htm Public Alert on Substandard Private Universities] in Pakistan
* [http://www.ched.gov.ph/ Database for Accreditation] in the Philippines
* [http://www.russianenic.ru/english/cred/b-c.html Database for Accreditation] in Russia
* [http://english.hsv.se/?contentId=2181 Database for Accreditation] in Sweden
* [http://www.norric.org/ Nordic National Recognition Information Centres]
* [http://www.enic-naric.net/ List of worldwide accreditation resources]
* [http://www.hec.gov.pk/htmls/hei/public_alert1.htm List of unlawful colleges/universities] in Pakistan
* [http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Non-accreditedSchools_78090_7.pdf List of non-accredited colleges/universities] by State of Michigan
* [http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/AAR/PrivateInstitutions/FraudTX.cfm Fraudulent or Substandard Institutions with a Texas Connection] by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
* [http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.html List of unacceptable/illegal schools] by Oregon State Office of Degree Authorization
* [http://www.maine.gov/education/highered/Non-Accredited/non-accredited.htm List of non-accredited colleges/ universities] by Maine Department of Education
* [http://www.unesco.org/iau/world-universities/index.html The World Higher Education Database (IAU/UNESCO)] List of accredited schools throughout the world
* [http://www.unesco.org/iau/whed.html The World Higher Education Database (IAU/UNESCO)]
* [http://www.education.nairobi-unesco.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=762&Itemid=132 Warning on Bogus Claims of Accreditation/ affiliation with UNESCO]
* [http://www.usdla.org/html/membership/organizMembers.htm United States Distance Learning Association list of the accreditation status of its members and affiliates]


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