Degree Mills & Accreditation Mills

Potential students and the public must be aware of ‘degree mills’ and ‘accreditation mills’ which include providers of educational offerings or operations that offer certificates and degrees that are fraudulent, and providers of accreditation and quality assurance that may offer a certification of quality of academic institutions or programs without a proper basis to do so. Such degree mills and accreditation mills mislead and harm the uninformed public and may be costly in terms of education dollars wasted and unusable credentials. We encourage you to go to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation’s (CHEA) website at for various papers and links to state-by-state and international listings of known degree and accreditation mills.

Become aware of the impact and harm of degree and accreditation mills on students and the public. Learn the importance of external quality review.

See the Council for Higher Education and Accreditation’s (CHEA) video and other awareness information at

Important Questions about Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills

Degree Mills: An Old Problem and a New Threat

Degree Mills and Accreditation Mills Video