Everything is NOT ACCREDITED SOMEWHERE- Understanding course terminology

Accreditation is an artificial system -it isn't universal, and there isn't some magic all seeing global body that recognizes all courses everywhere; and frowns upon everything across the world that isn't endorsed universally!

It actually sounds terrible to say this course is not accredited somewhere. The reality though is that nothing is accredited everywhere; and in fact most courses (even Harvard degrees) are nor formally recognized or accredited by most countries of the world.

Our Experience Trying to accredit in another country (by ACS):

"We know the UK and Australian accreditation systems very well, and have looked closely at the USA system in the past. We in fact almost achieved recognition of the school in Missouri a few years back but then hit a stumbling block –because our offices were in Australia and the UK it was impossible for the bureaucrats in Missouri to grant any sort of formal recognition to us. The law only allowed them to recognize institutions that were in the USA. My guess is this would be the same in Texas; so in reality, anything that operates from outside of the USA (even Canada) is probably going to be declared “illegal” by the Texas government.

Things in fact get even more complex than that though.

We discovered some years back that anything not recognized by a state minister for education in Australia is decal red as not accredited, and illegal to even be promoted in Australia. I spoke to department of higher education in Australia and was told it was illegal to promote any USA university or to even mention a graduates qualifications in Australia. In fact I am breaking the law to run a seminar in Sydney and advertise a speaker as being president or professor from the University of California. The bureaucrats told me though that most of the time they turn a blind eye to such things unless there are complaints or the overseas uni is particularly bad.

There are in fact thousands of different recognition and accreditation systems around the world, some run by professional industry bodies, some by independent accreditation bodies, and some by governments. Every one of these likes to beat there drum and make out they are the best; but if you look into the issue deep enough and use a little common sense, you will start to see everything is not accredited in most places.

There is one final issue to consider regarding accreditation. It costs a lot of money to get and retain accreditation…..so the more accredited a course is, the more of your fees are going into the accreditation….and that usually means either the college is taking bigger profits; or the college is putting more of your fees into actually providing a service".


Credibility is the Issue

The critical issue here is “Are you studying with someone credible?” and “Will the course give me a valuable education?”


You should  always consider:

  • the duration of a course,
  • the quality of staff
  • services offered.

These are in fact a far better indicator of a courses value than what accreditation might be.


Many people are naturally and understandable suspicious of courses that lack accreditation.

The issues are however complex, and the reality is that:

  • peak government universities in developed countries are not accredited by credible organisations in other developed countries;
  • accreditation costs money so the more accreditation a course has, the more costly it will be to run ..
  • some constitutions avoid accreditation so they can give students more value for money.
  • other institutions avoid accreditation so thy can more easily exploit students.
  • some institutions seek accreditation so they can present themselves as credible, because their credibility is weak in other areas.



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