How can I determine if an accrediting organization may be a mill?
If the answers to many of the following questions are “yes,” the accrediting organization under consideration may be a “mill”:
Does the operation allow accredited status to be purchased?
Does the operation publish lists of institutions or programs they claim to have accredited without those institutions and programs knowing that they are listed or have been accredited?
Does the operation claim that it is recognized (by, e.g., USDE or CHEA) or CFI when it is not?
Are few if any standards for quality published by the operation?
Is a very short period of time required to achieve accredited status?
Are accreditation reviews routinely confined to submitting documents and do not include site visits or interviews of key personnel by the accrediting organization?
Is “permanent” accreditation granted without any requirement for subsequent periodic review, either by an external body or by the organization itself?
Does the operation use organizational names similar to recognized accrediting organizations?
Does the operation make claims in its publications for which there is no evidence?