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Degree Mills

 

Schools which have generally extremely low to non-existent academic standards

 

What is a diploma mill?

The Higher Education Opportunity Act defines a diploma mill as follows:

DIPLOMA MILL- The term `diploma mill' means an entity that (Paragraph A and B must both apply at the same time) --
(A)(i) offers, for a fee, degrees, diplomas, or certificates, that may be used to represent to the general public that the individual possessing such a degree, diploma, or certificate has completed a program of postsecondary education or training; and (ii) requires such individual to complete little or no education or coursework to obtain such degree, diploma, or certificate; and
(B) lacks accreditation by an accrediting agency or association that is recognized as an accrediting agency or association of institutions of higher education (as such term is defined in section 102) by--
(i) the Secretary pursuant to subpart 2 of part H of title IV; or (ii) a Federal agency, State government, or other organization or association that recognizes accrediting agencies or associations.

The dictionary defines a diploma mill as:

An institution of higher education operating without supervision of a state or professional agency and granting diplomas which are either fraudulent or because of the lack of proper standards worthless. - Webster's Third New International Dictionary

http://www2.ed.gov/students/prep/college/diplomamills/diploma-mills.html

 

Partial List of Degree Mills

  • Ambai University, Massachusetts, Has no degree-granting authority in Massachusetts.
  • American International University of Management and Technology, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • American University of Asturias, Spain, Closed by Spanish government., F
  • Auberdeen University, Idaho, Has no authority to issue degrees.
  • Brighton University, Missouri, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Cambridge International University, Cape Town, South Africa, Does not have appropriate authorization from South Africa., F
  • Cambridge State University (in Jackson, Mississippi) ("district officials discovered the school has an extensive criminal history and is nothing more than a diploma mill.")[36], Hawaii, Mississippi, Not a state school. For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Canterbury University, UK, Not associated with the legitimate New Zealand University of Canterbury nor the UK Canterbury Christ Church University or University of Kent at Canterbury., F
  • Canyon College [5][40], Idaho, Has no authority to issue degrees under Idaho law. Use of a Canyon College degree in Oregon is illegal.
  • Chelsea University, United Kingdom, Lacks authority to issue degrees in UK., F
  • Columbia Pacific University [1][4]., California, Closed by court order.
  • Columbia State University [1][4], Louisiana, Closed by court order. See also: Senate Hearing Day 1 ; Senate Hearing Day 2
  • Columbus University (Picayune, Mississippi)[27] (Closed by state action in Louisiana[6]). For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Communion of Saints Seminary, Oregon [1][6], Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid.
  • Concordia College and University[5][46], Virgin Islands, Spain, Dominica, Liberia, Indonesia, This name is in common use around the world. Some schools are accredited, some are unaccredited but operating legally and some do not really exist. Concordia College and University of Liberia does not meet Oregon standards for degree use, contrary to statements made in its promotional materials. It should be viewed as a degree mill., F
  • Crown College (Tacoma, Washington) (lost accreditation in 2007)[49]
  • Dublin Metropolitan University [1][4], Ireland, Does not have authority to issue Irish degrees., F
  • Earthnet Institute, Hawaii, Closed in Hawaii in 2005 by court order.
  • ďż˝cole supďż˝rieure Robert de Sorbon (purportedly in France, but linked to diploma mills in Sarasota, Florida) (aka American Universities Admission Program)[52][1]
  • European University of Ireland, Ireland, Does not have authority to issue Irish degrees., F
  • Firelake University, Finland, Not a Finnish college. Lacks authority to issue degrees.
  • Foundation University, The Netherlands, Does not have valid approval from the Govt of The Netherlands to issue degrees., F
  • Frederick Taylor International University, Hawaii, California, Closed by court order.
  • 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.")[57]
  • Glenford University, Louisiana, Closed by state action.
  • Greenwich University[60] (Operated on Norfolk Island from 1998 to 2002. Not to be confused with University of Greenwich, London, England), Formerly Hawaii, Norfolk Island, California., Closed by Australian govt.. See also
    www.dest.gov.au/highered/alert/
    Information on Legality of Australian Colleges
  • Hawaii American University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Heed University, Wisconsin, Florida, Caribbean
  • Institute of Global Education, Oregon, Has no legal authority to issue degrees or academic credit.
  • International University, Vienna, Austria, "Not recognized as a university in Austria" - Bundesministerium fur Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur [Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture], 7 March 2006., F
  • IOND University (Hawaii, Japan)[70][71][1][6] [4], Hawaii, Japan, Philippines, Unaccredited. No evidence of legal authority to issue degrees valid in Japan. Considered a diploma mill by Japanese experts. No evidence of legal authority to issue degrees valid in Philippines. Claim of affiliation with University of Lodz in Poland is denied by U. of Lodz.
  • Irish International University[72][4][73], Malaysia, Switzerland, The Irish government has requested that Malaysia close this entity on grounds that it is neither Irish nor a university. It has obtained a business license in a Swiss canton, but is not a Swiss university., F
  • Ivory Carlson University, Minnesota, Degree mill operating without approval in Minnesota, apparently based in India.
  • Kensington University[75][76], Hawaii, California, Closed by court order.
  • Kingston College (British Columbia) (illegal operation closed down October 4, 2006)[56]; not to be confused with Kingston College (England) in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
  • Knightsbridge University[1], Denmark, Does not have appropriate legal authority to issue degrees in Denmark., F
  • Lacrosse University[5][27][77] [4][8], Mississippi, Closed by state action in Louisiana, relocated to Mississippi. For State of Mississippi information: http://www.ihl.state.ms.us/Academic_Affairs1/MCCANonApprovedEntitiesList2005.pdf
  • Landegg International University, Switzerland, Lacks appropriate authority to issue degrees.
  • Lansbridge University - BC[56], British Columbia, Closed by court order.
  • LaSalle University, Louisiana, Closed by court action. No connection to legitimate LaSalle of Pennsylvania.
  • Lincoln International University, Inc., Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Monterrey Institute for Graduate Studies, Texas, This entity claimed to be a branch of a Mexican institution with authority to operate in the U.S., but in fact did not have that authority and had no free-standing degree authority from Mexico. Appears to be closed.
  • Monticello University [85][86]/Thomas Jefferson University, Kansas, Hawaii, Closed by court order. See also furtherinformation.html
  • Nation University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Newton University, Vancouver BC, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Northwestern International University, Ltd., Cyprus/Denmark, Has no recognized degree authority from Cyprus or Denmark., F
  • Oxford International University, Great Britain, No connection to legitimate Oxford University in Great Britain., F
  • Pacific Southern University [92], Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Pickering University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Prescott College of Business and Leadership Studies, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Rutherford University ((previously known as Senior University and Stratford International University)[56], Wyoming, British Columbia, Swaziland, Never had authority to issue valid degrees in British Columbia. May be relocating to Alabama. Formerly labeled Stratford International University.
  • San Francisco International University, California, Has no legal authority to issue degrees in California.
  • Scarsdale University, California, UK, Does not have authority to issue degrees in California or the UK.
  • Solsbury University, Ontario, Canada, According to the Ontario government, "Solsbury University does not have the authority to offer degrees, programs leading to a degree or to call itself a university in Ontario.", F
  • Southern Pacific University, Malaysia, Hawaii, Closed by court order in Hawaii. Apparently now operating in Malaysia., F
  • St. Clements University[5][4] (Called a "degree mill" by the State of Maine[100], but removed from list after a formal action taken by St. Clements University.[6] ), Great Britain, Niue, Turks and Caicos Islands, various African sites, New Zealand government treats Niue operation as substandard and asks that its degrees not be included in international listings., F
  • St. John's University School of Medicine[1] (Montserrat), Closed by court order., F
  • St. Luke School of Medicine, California, Ghana, Liberia, Disowned by Liberian government in 2005. Great Britain banned use of its degrees, March, 2006.
  • St. Mary's College of Medicine, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • St. Regis University (Dominica; Liberia; Washington D.C.; and U.S. state of Washington; closed by court order in June 2005)[6] [5][47][4] [101][8], Closed by court order, June 2005. Falsely asserted Liberian government approval. Falsely asserted Indian government approval. Note: not the same as Regis of Massachusetts or Colorado.
  • Stanton University, Hawaii, Closed by court order.
  • Success Seminary, Oregon [1], Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid
  • Suffield University; operating illegally in Connecticut[4]
  • 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.")[1][4], It has no legal authority to issue degrees., F
  • Swiss European University, Switzerland, Not recognized by Swiss government.
  • Trident University of Technology, Singapore, Denied approval by Wisconsin. Was never legal in New Jersey as claimed., F
  • University Degree Program (formerly operated at least 28 different diploma mills in at least five countries)[110]
  • University of Honolulu, Hawaii, Closed by court order., Utah, Thailand & Pakistan, Notes: Office in Utah. No link to Hawaii.
  • University of Metaphysical Studies, New Mexico [1], New Mexico, Operating illegally and unlicensed in New Mexico. - New Mexico Department of Higher Education.
  • University of Palmers Green, UK, Closed by the British government., F
  • University of Advanced Research, California, Also operated in Hawaii, where its local operation has been closed by court order, see: http://www.state.hi.us/dcca/ocp/case_info.html
  • University of the Holy Land, Israel, may be operated from State of Oregon, Not recognized as a university by Israeli higher education office. Not an Oregon degree-granter.
  • University of Wexford, Great Britain, Closed by the British government., F
  • Vancouver University Worldwide[56], British Columbia, Closed by court order. Never was authorized to issue degrees by appropriate BC authority., F
  • Washington International University, Pennsylvania, Brit. Virgin Isl., Operating illegally in Pennsylvania according to PA Department of Education. WIU is forbidden to advertise or offer its programs in Australia.
  • Washington School of Theology, Oregon [1] [6], Operating illegally in Oregon, degrees invalid.
  • Westbrook University, New Mexico, New York, California, No longer licensed to issue degrees by New Mexico. Not known to be licensed in any state.

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