“Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets”

White House issues new protections for military families, veterans targeted by diploma mills You're dealing with folks who aren't interested in helping you.  They're not interested in helping you find the best program.  They are interested in getting the money.  They don't care about you; they care about the cash.  That's appalling.  That's disgraceful.  It … Continue reading “Obama targets diploma mills that market to vets”

When Federal Agents Come Calling: Educating Campus Stakeholders

Sounds scary, huh?  This is the name of a webinar offered by NAFSA:  Association of International Educators on 22 March.  For $149 for members ($189 for nonmembers) you could have “come away with strategies for building positive relationships with federal agents and dealing with difficult situations.”  According to the webinar “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently … Continue reading When Federal Agents Come Calling: Educating Campus Stakeholders

US-Based or Affiliated Unaccredited Institutions in Vietnam

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, … Continue reading US-Based or Affiliated Unaccredited Institutions in Vietnam

“California Leads Nation in Unaccredited Schools, and Enforcement Is Lax”

Check out this excellent article by investigative reporter Jennifer Gollan about Frederick Taylor University (FTU), which I've written about on these hallowed pages and which appears on my list of US-based unaccredited schools.  FTU has been quite active in Vietnam in recent years and therefore a substantial source of revenue for this state-approved rogue provider.  Knowing … Continue reading “California Leads Nation in Unaccredited Schools, and Enforcement Is Lax”

Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?

The Global Institute of Strategic Management (GISM), which has close ties to Akamai University, a Hawaii-based school that appears on my list of unaccredited US institutions, has a logo that bears a striking resemblance to the Great Seal of a certain US federal executive department charged with implementing that country's foreign policy.  Compare the above logo with that on the US … Continue reading Is Imitation the Sincerest Form of Flattery?

Caveat Emptor! US Rogue Providers Discover Vietnam

If you're interested in reading a rather lengthy(6-page)  treatment of this issue in a Vietnamese context, check out this article I wrote for the August 2011 issue of wRAP-Up Newsletter.  As I've mentioned in a number of settings, most recently in this June 2011 essay entitled Letting in the Fresh Air and the Flies: The Mixed … Continue reading Caveat Emptor! US Rogue Providers Discover Vietnam

Chutzpah & Unaccredited (US) Higher Education Providers

Chutzpah (pronounced /ˈhʊtspə/) is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad, but it is generally used negatively. The word derives from the Hebrew word ḥuṣpâ (חֻצְפָּה), meaning "insolence", "audacity", and "impertinence."  This word, one of my favorites, describes with great precision a recent email exchange I had with the representative of an unaccredited California-based school.  … Continue reading Chutzpah & Unaccredited (US) Higher Education Providers

A Year Ago Today

Today is the first anniversary of the day that An International Educator received the most traffic ever in a 24-hour period - 1,315 views.  The catalyst?   An interview in the Vietnamese language media (i.e., Tuổi Trẻ Online) about unaccredited US schools in Vietnam that spread like wildfire.   2010-07-30 Title Views Home page 1,015 US-Based or Affiliated … Continue reading A Year Ago Today

Honor by Association?

A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education entitled U. of Wales’s Vetting of Overseas Partners Questioned does not come as a surprise.  The Welsh Education Minister, Leighton Andrews, who initiated the inquiry, was quoted as saying the university must "move quickly" to address the shortcomings.  "The present situation cannot be allowed to continue. The reputation … Continue reading Honor by Association?

Letting in the Fresh Air and the Flies: The Mixed Impact of US Higher Education on Vietnam

Among the growing number of US universities and colleges that have acknowledged Vietnam as a promising market for student recruitment, online and in-country education and training programs (among other activities), most are well-intentioned and accredited. Others, however, see a golden opportunity to reap substantial profits from a market that has rosy long-term prospects. The bittersweet … Continue reading Letting in the Fresh Air and the Flies: The Mixed Impact of US Higher Education on Vietnam