- American University of London
The American University of London (AUOL) is a private, unaccredited educational institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business, Information Technology, Law, Education & Liberal Arts, Humanities and English, solely by
distance learning. It should not be confused with the American University in London, which is also unaccredited.Bear, Mariah P. and John Bear. " [http://books.google.com/books?id=k67XC_7y5xEC&pg=PA190&lpg=PA190&dq=%22american+university+of+london%22&source=web&ots=PSVZayRp9v&sig=ev-7s88GUdRhWGrNgiEOLZL4Uc0 Bear's Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning] ". Ten Speed Press, 2003.]
The institution has no campus and does not award British qualifications. According to its website, it is incorporated in
St. Kitts and Nevis. The website lists mailing addresses in Londonand Houston, Texas. [http://www.americanuniversity.org.uk/ Official website] (Accessed 20 June 2007)] The institution is associated with the Anacrusis Institute and Trinity College of London.
The institution's website states that it is accredited in the United States by unidentified "non-governmental agencies specializing primarily in distance learning" and by the
World Association of Universities and Colleges, which is an unrecognized accreditation agency. The American University of London has been listed by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistanas an institution operating illegally in Pakistan[ [http://web.archive.org/web/20070825003045/http://www.hec.gov.pk/htmls/hei/public_alert1.htm Public Alert on Substandard Private Universities] , Pakistan Higher Education Commission, archived August 25, 2007] and appears on lists of unaccredited colleges and universities maintained by the U.S. states of Maine[cite web|title=Non-Accredited Colleges & Universities List|publisher=State of Maine Department of Education|url=http://www.maine.gov/education/highered/Non-Accredited/a-am.htm|accessdate=2007-06-20] and Oregon[cite web|title=Unaccredited colleges|publisher=State of Oregon Office of Degree Authorization|url=http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.aspx|accessdate=2007-06-20] .
13 January 2006, American University of London was found guilty and was fined by the government of London for violations of the Trade Descriptions Actand Business Names Actfor misleading prospective students by deceptively representing itself as a university in spite of lacking proper accreditation. [http://www.islington.gov.uk/Council/CouncilNews/PressOffice/2006/01/2380.asp Bogus university fined for misleading students] , Nicola Quinn, Islington Council website, 19 January 2006] An Islington Councillor noted: "It is important that prospective students thoroughly research education providers or they could waste a lot of time and money pursuing a worthless qualification."
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