Many for profit career schools or colleges represent that they are accredited and that credits or degrees from their schools will transfer. Most of them claim to be accredited by The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) or they just claim to be accredited without providing the name of the institution accrediting them. However, many public institutions in the State of Texas do no recognize accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
Most of the for profit career colleges, technical colleges, and online schools offer programs in these fields, and others:
- Art, Interior or graphic design, computer animation, culinary arts, recording or sound engineering
- Technical skills and appliance repair
- Medical assistant, medical transcription and medical billing
- Paralegal and court reporting.
- Aesthetician, massage, cosmetology
The Time to Act is NOW
If your school has represented that is accredited and that the credits obtained there are transferable, when in fact they are not, you may have been defrauded and may be entitled to compensation. Call us today if you have been a victim of accreditation fraud.
For example, the University of Texas states that:
“Accreditation by one of these bodies is the basis for recognition of degrees and acceptance of transfer credit at UT Austin, and for inclusion in the Web U.S. Higher Education lists
- Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools – Commission on Higher Education …accredits institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, & Virgin Islands.
- New England Association of Schools & Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education …accredits institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, & Vermont.
- North Central Association of Colleges & Schools – Higher Learning Commission …accredits institutions in Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, & Wyoming.
- Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities …accredits institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, & Washington.
- Southern Association of Colleges & Schools – Commission on Colleges …accredits institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, & Virginia.
- Western Association of Schools & Colleges …accredits institutions in California, Hawaii, & the Pacific.”
Notice that conspicuously absent from this list is the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. If your school has represented that is accredited and that the credits obtained there are transferable, when in fact they are not, you may have been defrauded and may be entitled to compensation. Call us today if you have been a victim of accreditation fraud.
These “schools” employ commissioned sales people and recruiters who are usually paid based upon how many students they enroll. These sales people and recruiters are rarely in their positions for long, and they are often willing to outright lie to get students to sign up, knowing they will be long gone with a fat commission check before the unwitting students figure out they have been duped.
According to the Associated Press, the Texas Workforce Commission has begun the process to revoke the license of Westwood College. Citing a General Accounting Office Report, the commission stated that Westwood College had failed to give a refund to a student as directed, failed to disclose it had been sued and misled students through deceptive advertising, as well as encouraging an undercover agent to not disclose $250,000.00 in income so that he could fraudulently obtain student loans.