Degree Mill Indictment and Other Accreditation-Related Issues

January 4, 2017

Indictment in Alleged Diploma Mill Case (Inside Higher Ed, January 3, 2016) “The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has charged an executive with the Pakistani company, Axact, in connection to an alleged diploma mill scheme.”

College Accreditation a Lengthy, Detailed Process (Bristol Herald Courier, December 23, 2016) “Last week, U.S. Magis International Education Center — a Chinese-funded entity with offices in Flushing, New York – successfully bid $3.3 million for the former [Virginia Intermont] campus. After the auction, representative George Xu said their plans are to apply for academic accreditation, improve campus buildings and prepare to begin operating a four-year college once accreditation is attained.”

Tougher Accrediting Won’t Solve Our Higher-Ed Woes (National Review, December 23, 2016) “Among the many myths of the administrative state is that the way to ensure quality services is to have rules written and enforced from on high by experts. The higher-education version of that myth has it that we can ensure quality postsecondary education for the great number of students who get federal financial aid, by only allowing them to use that money at schools that have been accredited by an agency that has been ‘recognized’ by the ultimate experts at the Department of Education.”

The Art of Inspiration – A Career in Teaching (Newsweek Insight Team, 12/16) “It’s important to choose a reliable teaching institution with a good track record, preferably an institution that’s been accredited by bodies such as The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), a professional accreditation body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.”