“California Leads Nation in Unaccredited Schools, and Enforcement Is Lax”


Frederick Taylor University is one of the many "diploma mills" or unaccredited schools in California which led the nation with roughly 147. The school is one office in a building complex in Moraga, CA. Source: The Bay Citizen (Photo: Annie Tritt)

Check out this excellent article by investigative reporter Jennifer Gollan about Frederick Taylor University (FTU), which I’ve written about on these hallowed pages and which appears on my list of US-based unaccredited schools. 

FTU has been quite active in Vietnam in recent years and therefore a substantial source of revenue for this state-approved rogue provider.  Knowing the power of the press (on occasion), my hope is that 1) this article will be the first nail in the coffin of FTU and schools like it and 2)  the great state of California gets its act together and begins closing them down.  These “universities” are a national disgrace for the US and the states that they call home. 

Here’s an excerpt: 

Dibyendu Malakar needed a graduate business degree to advance his career, but he was working full time and could not afford $100,000 or more for a two-year M.B.A. program at Berkeley, Stanford or another accredited business school. So Mr. Malakar enrolled at Frederick Taylor University, an unaccredited school in Moraga.

Because Frederick Taylor is listed in California as a state-approved school, he said, “I thought, ‘It can’t be completely bogus.’ ” In fact, he got his M.B.A. via the Internet in just a year, for less than $5,000.

The article originally appeared in The Bay Citizen (San Francisco) with this title and subtitle:  California Leads Nation in Unaccredited Schools – Many are authorized to grant degrees with little oversight.

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