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How to recognize Degree Scams and Fake Accreditation

There are degree and accreditation mills that leave you with worthless degrees after you paid a lot of money…

Here are some tips to protect yourself

Over the last decades, online colleges have become more and more popular for earning an academic degree. And to be fair, online learning is a great option for students with busy schedules and individuals who are living in remote areas. The advantages are obvious. No long travel times or requirements to spend a lot of time on a college campus, and you can study when and where suits you best.

Numerous students choose to earn their academic degrees from legitimate and respectable online colleges, but there are also quite a few fake diplomae and degree mills that are taking advantage of the situation that an increasing number of students want to earn their degree via online courses.Very often it happens that students don’t recognize these scams, so the question is: What should you do to avoid these scams and how can you prevent yourself from these practices.

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American World University – Diploma Mill

00Maxine Klein Asher established ‘American World University’, generally considered to be a diploma mill.  She founded the organization in 1990 as a distance learning institution for post-secondary education. Her so-called ‘school’ did not require fluency in English and was awarding credits for students’ life experience as well.

American World University’s student body, estimated at some 7,000 at the time, consisted of over 90 percent foreign students, and tuition fees were varying by country. Most international students were recruited through local administrators who were advertising regionally while getting some 50 percent of the revenue they brought in as a reward for their efforts.

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History of WAUC – Fake Accreditation

article04_image01This website tells a story of WAUC (World Association of Universities and Colleges) and does NOT promote this organization. Make sure you understand the American system and don’t be a victim of the fake accredited organizations. You will find on this website full explanation of the official educational system so make sure to check all details.

WAUC was an organization set up and owned by Maxine Klein Asher (August 15, 1930 – May 19, 2015).
It was the hub of American World University, an unaccredited institution with more than 7,000 students around the globe which was commonly considered to be a diploma mill.

In 1993 she founded the World Association of Universities and Colleges (WAUC), an accrediting service unrecognized by the U.S. Department of Education, that gave its imprimatur to a host of alternative institutions.

Almost every day Columbus University and Lacrosse University, both of which are considered diploma mills by some government regulators, advertised in the back pages of USA Today. In bold type, they tout their accreditation from the association. That made Ms. Asher a central figure in the shadowy world of unaccredited higher education. Also, students getting geared up for the GED exam have become victims of these fraudulent practices. Shame!

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List of WAUC-accredited schools (so watch out!)

diplomamills_thumbWAUC stands for World Association of Universities and Colleges. This scam organization was founded by Maxine Klein Asher in 1993 to make sure that her American World University (a diploma mill that could not get any sort of official accreditation) would get accredited anyway. .

WAUC does NOT hold any sort of recognition by the United States Department of Education, but continues to grant its fake accreditation to a number of (practically all) scam schools, such as Lacrosse University, Columbus University, and Berkeley International University (see below) that are seen as diploma mills by government regulators.

The following schools are listed on the new WAUC website as accredited by the organization:

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Blacklisted Universities and Colleges USA

what-under-surface-horrors-await-you-when-you-choose-a-diploma-millEducation is BIG business, so many con artists set up schemes to steal your hard-earned dollars.

The fake documents issued by the institutions included in the list will not even be worth the paper they are printed on. Check out this list of blacklisted Universities and Colleges in America. Wouldn’t it be a shame that after studying so hard to pass the CLEP Test, you’d end up with a worthless diploma?

The listed schools are not recognized by any official U.S. accreditation agency and they do not have the authority or right to issue degree certificates. They issue fake degrees. University will also appear on this blacklist if they are involved in some other kind of fraud.

These Black-Listed U.S. Universities and Colleges are not recognized nor properly accredited. The good news is that over the past years some unaccredited and highly questionable universities were forced to close their doors. For example:

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How American World University Works – Diploma Mill

fakedegreesAmerican World University (AWU) is an unaccredited educational institution that offers post-secondary distance learning education programs that has no physical campus. It also is awarding academic degrees. AWU was set up by Maxine Asher in 1990, and first was headquartered in Rapid City, South Dakota, until it was forced out of the state in 2000.

American World University has never received any accreditation from any U.S. recognized accrediting body, though it is listed as ‘accredited’ by WAUC (the World Association of Universities and Colleges), another organization set up by Maxine Asher. 

AWU offers students the opportunity to earn college credit based on their life experience through distance education courses. The legitimacy of the school’s academic services are however disputed by many education professionals, and some say that academically, there’s nothing at AWU.

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University of Northern New Jersey – Homeland Security Trap

university-of-northern-new-jerseyIn April 2016, the U.S. authorities have arrested 21 individuals that were involved in a fake university student visa scam. The ‘University of Northern New Jersey’ was specifically established to expose student visa scams and 21 suspects were arrested by American immigration authorities.

The “university” came with a Facebook page, its own website, a classic seal with the Latin words ‘Humanus, Scientia, Integritas’, a like-real menu of business degrees, and offered ‘an exceptional education experience’. The ‘university’ address was in Cranford, New Jersey, and was established in 2012.

The detainees are suspected of committing visa fraud and some other offenses after their illegal activities were discovered, but the authorities needed to go at great lengths as they had set up the University of Northern New Jersey, a fake education institution that was established by the U.S. Department of homeland security.

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What’s the America’s dropout crisis

Twenty percent of high school students do not graduate with their class, usually, they drop during the high school exams for example 8% of all students who resigned from high school in NY did that during the Regents test.

The Regents test is a statewide standardized exam in core high school subjects and all students are required to take the test. Some students drop out during the Regents prep. That’s also the case in other states. New York uses the TASC exam for high school equivalency testing, other states use the HiSET, but most states use the GED Test for this purpose. You can use these free practice test and online classes for the GED or TASC on

In the same time, the demand for well-trained employees is increasing. The chance that people with a high school diploma will find a good job is much higher than those without a high school diploma and high school graduates are making higher incomes.

Dropout Crisis Facts

Learn About American Scholarship Grants

Everybody understands that education is definitely not cheap. And as over the past years, the cost of living has also gone through the roof, it has become increasingly difficult for most of us to survive with a rigid monthly financial budget.

So it is quite understandable that scholarships have become indeed a wonderful life savior aid for the disadvantaged citizens of this country.

More and more people find it extremely challenging to make ends meet. On top of it, you can also find so many scholarships available to qualified applicants to meet up with their existing and future needs.

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A Strange Rule In School Examinations In New York City

New York City Department of Education in the United States banned the use of 50 words in the exam schools for all levels of education. This is done to minimize the potential for unpleasant emotions among the students.

Some words are banned include birthday, dinosaur, Halloween, and dancing. As reported by the New York Post, the word dinosaur is prohibited because it could lead to evolution, and Halloween suggests paganism (not religious), and the word anniversary has the potential to create hostility among students who are not followers of the Jehovahs Witnesses to celebrate his birth.

In addition, the word poverty was also banned because it’s opposed to wealth, which led to some students feel excluded. The Department also forbids mention of the word divorce and disease. Continue reading “A Strange Rule In School Examinations In New York City”