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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!
The route to her career as a world explorer began in Chicago, where Ms. Asher was born. Her family moved to Southern California, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles. She became a public-school teacher, got married, and had three daughters. She later returned to college, earning a master’s degree in ancient history from California State University at Northridge.
That’s when the Atlantis bug bit her. In 1973, at age 42, she led a research expedition to search for the legendary civilization off the coast of Spain. As she told a New York Times reporter at the time: “I simply know we will find it because I am psychic. Oh, God, how strong the vibrations are these days, and I know that the highly civilized people of Atlantis also were very psychic.” That expedition didn’t work out as planned. “We got involved in a Communist-Fascist squeeze play for control of Spain,” she says.
She dodged murder attempts and a kidnapping, she says: “Somebody wanted to end this whole thing.” A screenplay of the story — she was looking for financing to make a thinly fictionalized account of her Atlantis research — is chock-full of these adventures, she says. It’s such tales that prompted the “female Indiana Jones” label she frequently cites. In the end, Ms. Asher says, she escaped her captors in Spain by jumping from a speeding car.
She founded American World to provide distance education that combines American ideas about higher education with Europe’s more tutorial model, she says. Ms. Asher was a holder of a doctorate in education from Walden University and a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Granada, in Spain, both of which are accredited by government-approved agencies. In the early days, she advertised in the International Herald Tribune, struggling to enroll students. For a list of blacklisted U.S. universities and colleges click here.
Then she hit on the idea of hiring representatives in various countries for American World, paying them 50 percent of the tuition they brought in. In return, they handle local advertising and other costs. “Fifty percent of something is better than nothing,” she says.