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Unaccredited Online College Warren National University Closes
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Warren National University, of Wyoming, announced in February that it will no longer accept online students. Warren National, originally known as Kennedy-Western University, began offering online degrees in the 1980s. The online college operated from California and Idaho before migrating to Wyoming in an effort to keep ahead of changing state laws on diploma mills.{{LeftSponsor53}}
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Diploma Mill or Real Online Degree? 10 Ways to Spot the Fake
Degree Mills, What They Are and How To Avoid Them
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst   
Determine if Your School is Diploma Mill or Real Online Degree Before You Graduate
A diploma mill, also known as a degree mill, is a phony university that sells college diplomas and transcripts—the actual pieces of paper—rather than the educational experience. Diploma mills are scam colleges that literally crank out fake diplomas to anyone who pays the requested "tuition." 

Diploma mills often promise a fast college degree based on "life experience."

The Get Educated online education team has prepared these Top 10 Signs of an Online College Degree Mill to help students protect themselves from this popular online scam.

Don’t be fooled by degree mills. Many maintain impressive-looking websites, and all of them advertise heavily online under the attractive terms "fast degree," "life experience degrees," "fast online degree" and "work experience degree."

To protect yourself, look behind the curtain. Flip past the flashy graphics on the website and the promises of an instant degree for the name of the school’s accreditation agency.

Then, take the time to verify that the agency is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education.

If you remain suspicious, consult the Diploma Mill Police for a free accreditation report and to evaluate if your chosen college might possibly be a degree mill.
Read more to learn the top signs you are dealing with a degree mill
What is a Diploma or Degree Mill?
Degree Mills, What They Are and How To Avoid Them
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst   
Gike a Factory, a Fake Diploma or Degree Mill Churn Out Products
“Pssst! Wanna buy a fake degree?”

Thousands of people do so, every day.

Some realize what they are doing, but an escalating number are being duped by degree mills that operate sophisticated Internet fraud schemes promising consumers they can get a degree fast online. These phony colleges, aptly named diploma mills, thrive on the sale of fake diplomas.

Read more about diploma mills and how to avoid them
Do Real Accredited Universities Offer Life Experience Degrees?
Life Experience Degree
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst   
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Real Accredited Colleges Offer Life Experience Degrees You Can Earn Through Testing

My friend claims he earned his college degree—a life experience degree—by “testing out of" courses and putting together a portfolio of his work and military training over the last two decades. Do real accredited universities ever offer life experience degrees? Aren't all universities that offer these types of degrees a scam?
—Todd in Modesto, Calif.

Input “life or work experience degrees from accredited universities” into any search engine and you’ll be swamped with hundreds of websites that promise to review your resume and convert your experience credentials and training into a college diploma.

Most of these websites are indeed scams, and the diplomas they promise are, in fact, fake. Most of these universities are "accredited," BUT by fake agencies.
However, a few of these schools are the real deal. A select few accredited universities in the U.S. do offer life experience degrees. These colleges represent solid opportunities for seasoned professionals to jump-start a college degree by applying credits from work training and expertise gained through licensing and other external credentialing agencies.

Read answer and more details about credit-for-experience online programs
Online College Degree Mills: How Prevalent Is the Scam?
Degree Mills, What They Are and How To Avoid Them
By Vicky Phillips, Chief Education Analyst   
Are degree mills really such a problem?

Most people assumed not—until 2003, when the U.S. Government Office of Accountability undertook the first study of government employees who used federal tuition aid programs to  buy a fake college diploma online.

That study, “Diploma Mills Are Easily Created and Some Have Issued Bogus Degrees to Federal Employees at Government Expense,” revealed an epidemic of false diplomas and education scams.

The Congressional investigation uncovered 400 government employees, including upper echelon managers, who had decided to buy a degree using government tuition assistance programs or who had listed bogus colleges on their job applications.
Read more about online diploma mills and fake degree programs

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