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, … Continue reading “The Dregs of Higher Education Damage Our Immigration System”
ACICS is Back in Business!
And I do mean busine$$. Yes, this is the same national accrediting organizing that was "derecognized" by the US Department of Education during the last few months of the Obama administration, a decision that stood until a couple of weeks ago. Speaking of which, I was writing an email to a colleague about a previously … Continue reading ACICS is Back in Business!
US Department of Education “Derecognition” of ACICS, & EducationUSA
As I've written before and as some of you may know, EducationUSA, a US Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries,works with both regionally and nationally accredited US institutions of higher education. Among the latter are hundreds of institutions, mostly for-profit career schools, that are accredited … Continue reading US Department of Education “Derecognition” of ACICS, & EducationUSA
ACICS Loss of Accreditation: What it Means for Schools & International Students
Here is the official announcement from the US Department of Homeland Security that the US Department of Education no longer recognizes the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as an accrediting agency, a decision that affects more than 16,000 international students in the US attending nearly 130 Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified … Continue reading ACICS Loss of Accreditation: What it Means for Schools & International Students
“Homeland Security Wants To Shut Down South Bay University”
Kudos to the DHS! This is what the US government should be doing, instead of creating faux universities (exhibit A: University of Northern New Jersey) and entrapping people. They have plenty of work on their hands with existing institutions, including those that are "officially accredited" (read nationally accredited) and unaccredited but authorized to issue I-20s. … Continue reading “Homeland Security Wants To Shut Down South Bay University”
Choosing Clients & Partners is a Two-Way Street: Quality Matters
Money is how companies with no ethical compass measure success. The company I work for, Capstone Vietnam, a full-service educational consulting company founded in 2009, with offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), works exclusively with regionally accredited (RA) institutions of higher education in the US. As far as I know, it's the … Continue reading Choosing Clients & Partners is a Two-Way Street: Quality Matters
“Regulators Vote to Shut Down Nation’s Largest For-Profit Accrediting Agency”
The vote came after widespread criticism that the agency had provided inadequate oversight. Some good news for a change. "Inadequate oversight" is one way of putting it. This organization, which was entrusted with the sacred task of accrediting postsecondary institutions, abdicated its responsibility in a number of cases, pure and simple. Why is the Accrediting … Continue reading “Regulators Vote to Shut Down Nation’s Largest For-Profit Accrediting Agency”
“Making The Grades”
How one California university faked students’ scores, skated by immigration authorities — and made a fortune in the process. I derive absolutely no pleasure at all from saying "I told you so." (OK, maybe just a little.) This is an issue I have been talking and writing about for years. I think the only reason … Continue reading “Making The Grades”
“These Obscure Colleges Sign Up Thousands Of Foreign Students With Little Oversight”
Both Northwestern Polytechnic and Silicon Valley University are accredited, a distinction that allows colleges with many foreign students to avoid the most stringent oversight. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s student visa program depends on the accreditation system: it requires less documentation from accredited schools that want authorization to admit foreign students than it asks of unaccredited … Continue reading “These Obscure Colleges Sign Up Thousands Of Foreign Students With Little Oversight”
The End of An Era: Life Without the IIE Higher Education Fairs
There was a time when IIE higher education fairs were all the rage in Vietnam, when IIE and its EducationUSA advising centers were one of the few quality games in town. You announced the fairs, did some light publicity and, Lord, did they ever come... in droves. There was such an unquenchable thirst for information … Continue reading The End of An Era: Life Without the IIE Higher Education Fairs
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