The state links provide information about institutions and programs approved to operate in a particular state in the United States. State approval and accreditation are not the same. State approval to operate signifies that institutions have satisfied certain minimum requirements established by a state. Accreditation signifies that an institution has attained a threshold level of academic quality. In most states, approval to operate does not require accreditation. Please use all available resources, including checking with the particular institution and its accrediting organization, to determine if a particular institution meets anticipated needs.


Some states, such as California, Oregon, and Minnesota, maintain Websites about degree mills and accreditation mills. Some states, including Oregon and Michigan, provide specific lists of non-accredited schools and non-approved accrediting organizations. Other states, such as Hawaii, Michigan, and Maine, have passed specific regulations or legislation to address the issue of degree mills. These links have been included to help in an investigation of degree mills and accreditation mills.


Credit: CHEA Website


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ACLCU do not support Diploma Mill & Accreditation Mill

ACLCU do not accept intent to accreditation from non-authorized institutions

ACLCU requires institutions to be legally authorized by educational authorities before they contact us

State information on Higher Education Institutions Licensed or Authorized to Operate

To be eligible for our accreditation, your institution must be accredited by US Department of Education or CHEA Recognized accreditation body & received State approval to operate as postsecondary institution

Accreditation Council for Language Colleges and Universities

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Degree & Accreditation Mills

In their quest for higher education and training, students and the public in the United States sometimes encounter “degree mills” – dubious providers of educational offerings or operations that offer certificates and degrees that may be considered bogus. They may also encounter “accreditation mills” – dubious providers of accreditation and quality assurance that may offer a certification of quality of institutions without a proper basis.

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