Consider the following list of (22) U.S.-based or affiliated unaccredited schools that have entered the higher education market in Vietnam as a dishonor roll of sorts. Most are “online universities” and some are diploma mills, defined as “a usually unregulated institution of higher education granting degrees with few or no academic requirements.”
For information about New Typologies for Crossborder Higher Education, please refer to this 2005 article by Jane Knight, an internationally-renowned expert in the field.
If you know of other unaccredited schools that have set up shop in Vietnam or have enrolled Vietnamese students, please contact me. Keeping track of them is akin to hitting a moving target.
Globalization, ignorance and the desire for a US higher education credential, any credential, are the keys to their success. Most have more lives than a cat and are able to relocate at the drop of a hat to a more “business-friendly” environment, when the need arises. In a country with 50 states and no national policy related to unaccredited institutions of higher education there are lots of choices.
Speaking of states, if you’d like to see “where the operation of poor quality unaccredited degree suppliers is easy because of state laws that are poor, poorly enforced, or obscure” check out the map on the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization website. You’ll find out why so many are based in California.
Akamai University (HI)
American Heritage University (of Southern California)
CapStone University (CA)
Corllins University (MI) Corllins’ “international administrative office” is located in Grandville, MI in the same complex as Access One Mortgage, Inc., InkIQ Resume Service, Jermyn Church, Simulacra Translation, and Work At Home Jobs.
Cosmopolitan University (MO?) The administrative contact is in Treuchtlingen, Germany and the technical contact is in Boca Raton, Florida, so I’m not sure where “Cosmopolitan” is based. Missouri, last I heard.
Delta International University of New Orleans (LA) Interesting fact: This rogue provider is located in Baton Rouge not New Orleans.
Honolulu University (HI)
Irvine University (CA)
Pebble Hills University (PA?) This website is registered in Auckland, New Zealand. The “US Office” has a Pennslvania fax number.
Preston University (CA)
Southern Pacific University (DE) This “university” has a website that is registered in St. Kitts and Nevis, a “Southern Pacific Distance Learning Center” at 1133 Boardway, Suite 706 in New York, NY and a “USA Recruitment Center” in Wilmington, DE.
Washington International University (PA) Like SPU, WIU has an office in Wilmington, Delaware (same road), in addition to an “adult higher education center” in Washington, D.C.
Click here for a list of known nationally accredited US higher education institutions with a presence in Vietnam and stay tuned for a list of regionally accredited US colleges and universities active here…
NOTE: I have removed American Pacific University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) from this list. Until last summer, APU described itself as “the first American owned, MOET approved, American style university in Vietnam.” After a series of articles about unaccredited schools appeared in Vietnam, including APU, APU changed its URL to http://www.apuis.edu.vn/ and its name to “APU International School.” An APU campus is under construction in Danang. APU remains on the Oregon Degree Authorization’s (ODA) list of Unaccredited colleges. APU became AUVN (American University of Vietnam).
I have also removed American City University (CA) from this list because a representative from that institution sent me an email confirming that ACU is not recruiting Vietnamese students.
Status: 13 February 2012