Terms People Use to Stumble Upon Your Blog…

When I look at my stats to see how many thousands of people are reading my blog day in and day out (ok, I’m exaggerating :-)), one of the items that appears is “Search Engine Terms,” defined very straightforwardly by WordPress as “terms people used to find your blog.”  It gives me an impressionistic view of what’s on some people’s minds and the types of questions to which they’re seeking answers. 

Here are some terms that have popped up recently.  You can search my blog for related posts. 

corllins university diploma mill:  yes; it’s listed on my “dishonor roll” of unaccredited US-based/affiliated schools

tan tao university:  a private non-profit university in southern Vietnam founded by Ms. Dang Thi Hoang Yen, chairwoman of Tan Tao Group

scups vietnam:  Southern California University for Professional Studies (SCUPS) was an unaccredited school; it was renamed California Southern University (CSU) and is now nationally accredited

is northwestern polytechnic regionally accredited?:  no

tedxsaigon:  the first ever TEDx event was held on 15 August in HCMC; congratulations to the organizers!

the number of internet users in vietnam:  According to a recent survey conducted by Pingdom, Vietnam ranks 20th in the world.  This is about 27% of the population, or 24 million Internet users

vietnamese students abroad statistic:  no hard data; estimates range from 70,000-100,000

southern pacific university:  unaccredited (on my list)

state department international student recruitment:  administers the global network of EducationUSA centers that “actively promote U.S. higher education around the world by offering accurate, unbiased, comprehensive, objective and timely information” – frowns upon the use of education agents; another cabinet-level department, Commerce, matches U.S. colleges and universities with education agents through its “Gold Key Service”

vietnamese students not return:  no hard data on this trend; anedoctal evidence suggests increasing numbers are returning after graduation or a short-term work experience for two main reasons:  1) the dismal U.S. economic situation; and 2) economic growth and more opportunities at home

iie on recruiting international students:  organizes US higher education fairs in some countries; administers EducationUSA centers in four countries; does not support international agency-based recruitment because of the position taken by its main sponsor, among other reasons (check out this post for clarification:  “Agent Provocateur” – The Growing Pains of Agency-Based International Student Recruitment in the U.S.)

“american city university” ranking:  ACU is unaccredited; therefore, it  does not appear in any legitimate ranking (on my list)

cgacc:  a (relatively) new membership organization founded by my friend and colleague, Judy Irwin; the Center for Global Advancement of Community Colleges (CGACC) “is dedicated to increasing global knowledge and understanding of U.S. community colleges, bridging cultures through awareness, serving as a resource, advancing institutional  internationalization efforts, and partnering with national and international entities to expand and enhance educational opportunities.”

study usa community college fair vietnam:  5, 7, 9 October 2010 in Hanoi, Danang & Ho Chi Minh City; organized by my company, Capstone Vietnam; community colleges are the most popular gateway to U.S. higher education and a bachelor’s degree among Vietnamese students

5 thoughts on “Terms People Use to Stumble Upon Your Blog…

  1. Corllins University is not a diploma mill as stated in this blog. It’s an online university. The facts should be corrected here.

    • “Diploma mill” is what someone entered as one of the search terms.

      Question: Is Corllins University” officially accredited in the U.S.?

      Answer: No, not according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) Database of Institutions and Programs Accredited by Recognized United States Accrediting Organizations (http://www.chea.org/search) or The U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation).

      According to this definition, Corllins is a diploma mill: Diploma, or degree, mill: “An institution of higher education operating without supervision of a state or professional agency and granting diplomas that are either fraudulent or because of the lack of proper standards worthless.” (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary)

      Please let me know there’s anything I’ve overlooked.


  2. CHEA is not a global institution that recognizes online education institutions. Its just an accreditation body representing schools in the US.

    Corllins University is not a diploma mill but an accredited university.

    If you check its website you will find that it is accredited by the recognized accreditation institution: The Accreditation Panel for Online Colleges & Universities (APTEC) for its Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Programs and Global Accreditation Bureau (GAB) for its Full Time Education Programs (FTEP®).

    You have definitely overlooked a lot of information.

  3. The entity that sells degrees under the name Corllins University, among others, is entirely fake and its degrees are always invalid and fraudulent. Use of a Corllins degree is a criminal violation in Oregon and 11 other U.S. states.

    There is no such thing as a private right to issue degrees in the U.S. and almost all other nations. Degree-granting authority must be granted to a college by a government, not an accreditor, and Corllins has no such authority.

    Anyone who claims that a college is genuine needs to say which government gave it degree authority, not which accreditor did so.

    Alan Contreras
    State of Oregon

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