University of Phoenix Accreditation Fraud - False Advertising
University of Phoenix Accreditation Fraud
The University of Phoenix advertises that it is a fully-accredited university. This is clearly false advertising and the university will be sued for false advertising!
In higher education, there are two types of accreditation: "institutional accreditation" and "programmatic accreditation." Institutional accreditation allows a college or university that operates in the United States to be in compliance and have eligibility to receive Title IV funding which is federal government financial aid dollars such as pell grants, student loans, etc.
Institutional accreditation is made up of a team of administrative assistants that go in, review programs of study offered by a college or university, and then, they accredit that college or university entirely. The majority of the associates, bachelors, masters, and Ph.D programs that the University of Phoenix offers are all accredited by a team of administrative assistants.
Programmatic accreditation is specialized individual program accreditation that the University of Phoenix lacks for its Psychology programs as well as all of its Information Technology programs. None of their Information Technology programs are accredited by the Association of Computer Machinery (www.acm.org) nor the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (www.abet.org). Programmatic accreditation is very important when considering a program of study because it ensures that the program being offered by a college or university was reviewed by a team of professionals who have years of teaching or hands-on working experience pertaining to that field of study. For example, a team of Information Technology professionals review Information Technology programs and after the team's final evaluation, that college or university's Information Technology programs will either be granted or denied "programmatic accreditation," based on that teams findings.
Now, let's look at the serious oversight here. How can a team of administrative assistants provided by the "institutional accreditor," (The Higher Learning Commission), know what nursing majors, pre-med majors, pre-law majors, psychology majors, chemistry majors, music majors, should be learning inside the classroom? This team of administrative assistants wouldn't know what nursing majors should be learning nor would they even have a clue where to insert an IV-therapy needle.
The majority of online colleges and universities, such as the University of Phoenix, only have its "institutional accreditation" provided by The Higher Learning Commission. In December 2009, The Higher Learning Commission was scrutinized by the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General for giving American Intercontinental University its "institutional accreditation" after it was denied accreditation by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SASC).
American Interncontinental University operated out of Atlanta, Georgia and the moment it was denied an initial review of "institutional accreditation" by SASC, it packed up shop and moved its location to Chicago, Illinois. The Higher Learning Commission operates out of Chicago and the very minute American Intercontinental University applied for "institutional accreditation" with The Higher Learning Commission, American Intercontinental was granted accreditation. Because of this, the Department of Education's Office of the Inspector General wants to shut down The Higher Learning Commission for good and call it an "accrediation mill."
You can read more about this accreditation fraud on The Chronicle for Higher Education's web site here:
The majority of online colleges and universities have only its "institutional accreditation" provided to them by The Higher Learning Commission.
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