This does not mean, however, that their degrees and credits are worth as much as degrees and credits from more traditional institutions carrying such accreditation and will be readily accepted by other “accredited” institutions. The bottom line is that “accreditation” no longer means today what it meant a generation or two ago. That is worth repeating. The bottom line is that “accreditation” no longer means today what it meant a generation or two ago.
DeVry University Building
Perhaps that is why the accreditations for the University of Phoenix, Capella University, DeVry University, Walden University and Kaplan University (the company that used to offer only SAT, LSAT, GRE, MCAT, etc. study courses) come from that Association. Schools outside of the geographic areas where the North Central Association’s generous rules prevail cannot receive that association's accreditation and that is perhaps why schools such as the University of Southernmost Florida end up with accreditation from one of the lesser known national associations rather than from a regional association. (While that school's "nursing education" program is okay for those who want to move on and take the exams required to become a nurse in Florida, whether that "credibility" extends to other states and other areas of academic study is questionable.) Also, there is a law school in California (Concord School of Law, part of the aforementioned Kaplan University) which doesn't even require an undergraduate degree as part of its admission requirements! But the only state which will let its graduates take their bar exam is California, nowhere else! You gotta be careful.
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Individuals tempted to apply to any of any of these perhaps dubiously accredited institutions should first take a long hard look at the less expensive state and county run community colleges available in their areas.
By The Sea (from my original short story archives)
Late Nooz From The Boonies