17 June 2014
- Last edited 22 October 2015
Unfortunately there are SO many online degree scams out there that it's imperative to verify the accreditation of an online school BEFORE you enroll!
It sounds like you already know this since you looked on the CHEA website but I'll repeat some general accreditation information for other forum users:
In order for accreditation to have any meaning, it is important that your online college’s accrediting agency be recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the U.S. Department of Education. Essentially, the accrediting agency itself needs to be accredited.
First off, we at GetEducated would NOT recommend you enroll in any school which does not hold accreditation approved by CHEA and the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, since you did not find Paramount University's claimed accreditation on the CHEA website we would highly caution you.
It's important for us to note here that the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a REAL non-profit organization that honors excelling distance learning students, teachers, and schools with awards.
The United States Distance Learning Association is NOT AN ACCREDITING BODY. Paramount California University claims to have received a Bronze level award from the USDLA but I cannot locate any record of that award on the USDLA website.
Additionally, the USDLA has become aware of diploma mills using their name in order to scam online students. The USDLA states again that a student should not enroll unless that school holds accreditation from a CHEA recognized accrediting body.
Likewise, The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning is NOT AN ACCREDITING BODY but a non-profit organization that helps students receive competency-based credit for use within real, accredited colleges and universities.
Here a few links to get you started on finding a great, fully-accredited online degree program:
Best of luck!