No, not in the USA, unfortunately, but in Kenya. This is a textbook example of how one country can learn from another in the finest tradition of comparative education in particular and comparative studies in general. In this case, Kenya and the US have a teacher-student relationship.
Shut down the unaccredited education companies (or for-profit enterprises masquerading as nonprofits) and put the money from the fines into a fund to be used for international educational exchange rather than frittered away on one of the less worthwhile activities in which the US government is involved (e.g., Iraq, Afghanistan, interest on the national debt, etc.) Do good and do well!
In fact, why not link the fine to the US per capita income (PCI)? Since it’s about 28 times that of Kenya, the fine should be $3.25 million per offending institution. In doing so, the US could shed its well-deserved reputation as the world’s leading sanctuary for rogue providers and use some of those ill-gotten gains for a good cause.
Foreign universities offering degrees in Kenya without accreditation will be fined at least KSh10 million (US$116,000) and their promoters sent to jail for three years under a new law meant to safeguard education standards, writes Edwin Mutai for Business Daily.
President Mwai Kibaki last week assented to the Universities Bill 2012, which provides for regulation of universities and centralised admission of students to tertiary institutions. It also establishes the Commission on University Education (CUE) to replace the Commission on Higher Education in overseeing university standards.
Foreign universities are required to submit proof of accreditation from their countries of origin before they are allowed to offer degrees in Kenya. On the other hand, local universities will be required to state what their core courses are, in addition to supporting infrastructure, before a charter is granted.