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What online schools are accredited?

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Ralph Lopez on April 28, 2018

The school's research on the Internet. Check to see if the school is accredited by a recognized agency. Colleges and universities accredited by legitimate agencies generally undergo a rigorous review of the quality of their educational programs. If the school has been accredited by an accrediting agency recognized at the national level, it is probably legitimate. Many diploma mills claim to be "accredited" but the accreditation is from a bogus, but official sound, agency they invented. You can use the Internet to check if the school is accredited by a legitimate organization at a new database of accredited academic institutions, posted by the U.S. Department of Education in the Link below. (There are a few legitimate institutions that have not pursued accreditation.) To find out if an accrediting agency is legitimate, check the list of recognized national and regional accrediting agencies maintained by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation in the Link below. Search the web site of the school. Although it is prudent to check out the school on the Internet, it is not always easy to choose a diploma mill based on a quick analysis of their site. Some diploma mills have slick websites, and a "dot-edu" Web address is no guarantee of legitimacy. However, the web site can be a source of information. In fact, federal officials say that is probably a diploma mill if: . tuition is charged per degree instead of per credit, course or semester . there are few or unspecified degree requirements, or none at all . the emphasis is on degrees for work or life experience, and . the school is relatively new, or has recently changed its name. Check the availability of other resources. There is No comprehensive list of diploma mills on the Web because new phony credentialing sources arise all the time. However, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission Office of Degree Authorization maintains a list of organizations it has identified as diploma mills at its Related Link below Another way to check up on a school is to call the recorder's office of the local university and ask if he would accept the transfer credits from the school you are researching. 1. Make sure that the school is Accredited, check with the Department of Education and CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) Check out the sources below. 2. Make sure that they are an established school, take a look at its history and in the land of the campus. The state links provide information about institutions and programs approved to operate in a particular state in the united States. State approval and accreditation are not the same. State approval to operate signifies that institutions have met certain minimum requirements established by a state. The accreditation means that an institution has attained a threshold level of academic quality. In most states, approval to operate does not require accreditation. Please use all available resources, including checking with the institution and its accrediting organization, to determine if a particular institution meets anticipated needs. In some states, such as California, Oregon and Minnesota, maintain Websites about degree mills and accreditation mills. Some states, including Oregon and Michigan, provide specific lists of non-accredited schools and non-approved accrediting organizations. Other states, such as Hawaii, Michigan and Maine, have passed specific regulations or legislation to address the issue of degree mills. These links, in the Related Links have been included to assist in an investigation of degree mills and accreditation mills. There are many good online colleges that are accredited. If you are still in doubt of which to choose, you can get more information by reading several of the online university reviews online college students.


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