California South University: Fraud Alert!

Here’s another less-than-stellar California-based institution of higher education.  Note:  “California South University” is not to be confused with “California Southern University”, which has institutional accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC/regional) and the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC/national).

As you can see on the 29.6.16 screenshots below, CSU makes two claims:  1)  it is accredited by the DETC, now known as the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC); and 2) it is “in the process of being an accredited Member of the Distance Education and Training Council…”  Neither assertion is true.  (If you don’t believe me, check with DEAC yourself.)

If you Google “california south university vietnam”, one of the first results, if not the first, is this blog post of mine from January 2011 entitled “where can i buy an accredited overseas phd?”  The second post in that series was uploaded a month later:  “CSU” Reprise (aka The Other Shoe Just Dropped).

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Why are schools like CSU allowed to exist?  Because the “free market” is too free, the system is broken,  no one’s jamming their transmission and, at the end of the day, no one’s minding the store.  The US Department of Education has a lot of work to do, which it should be doing on a systematic rather than a piecemeal basis a la Northwestern Polytechnic University, the result of superb investigative reporting by BuzzFeed.


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