This organization, whose slogan is Low-immigration, Pro-immigrant, is not one whose work I would normally cite but this is a well-researched report. It is about an important issue I have been writing for quite some time now, a lone voice in the US higher education accreditation wilderness, so to speak. There is more than one loophole, by the way. The bottom line, both figuratively and literally, is that these institutions are gaming the system. Sometimes, the “free market” is too free.
The accreditor mentioned, ACICS, was derecognized by the US Department of Education in the waning days of the Obama Administration. While I hoped for the best, i.e., that ACICS would go the way of the dinosaur, thereby resulting in the loss of institutional accreditation for all of its accredited institutions, I also had the nagging feeling that this ruling would appear on someone’s radar in the Trump Administration. Why? Because there’s so much money at $take.
This is an account of how, because of a loophole in the immigration law, dozens of U.S.-based, fourth-rate purveyors of higher education have had multiple negative impacts on the United States while raking in multi-millions of dollars. In the course of this they have:
- Provided F-1 visas and work permits to tens of thousands of foreign “students”, many of whom are really illegal aliens in disguise;
- Supplied nominal educational services, if any, to those aliens;
- Charged those students substantial to outrageous fees;
- Misled their students on the state of the entities’ academic accreditations;
- Engaged in a variety of shady financial practices; and, in some cases
- Used their status as “universities” to hire a suspiciously large numbers of aliens through the H-1B program, including, for example, English professors from Turkey;
- Provided suspiciously large numbers of multiple-year OPT work permissions to their lightly educated alien alumni; and, in two or three cases,
- Used their status as IRS-recognized charities to avoid substantial state and federal taxes.
Another problem is most regionally accredited (RA) institutions do not accept credits or credentials (degrees) from nationally accredited schools, for obvious reasons. (RA is considered to be the gold standard of institutional accreditation.) This is a fact that many NA schools do not share with prospective students.
Follow this link to read the report in its entirety.