Unaccredited Agencies

These list of accrediting agencies are not recognized by the board of quality standards . Institutions accredited by this agencies bellow are not eligible
to participate in EEQA membership and students from this institution are not eligible to participate in professional membership .

This  organizations, as identified by the organizations themselves, government authorities in their respective countries, or other independent authorities as unaccredited . These are entities that are engaged in higher education accreditation or have been identified as being accreditors, but that lack appropriate recognition or authorization and most are fraudulent and not supporting any quality education . Rules for higher education accreditation vary from country to country. In most countries, the function of quality assurance for higher education institutions is conducted by a government ministry of education or appropriate registration authority. In the United States, educational accreditation is performed primarily by private nonprofit membership associations, the legitimacy of which is validated through recognition by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or both. CHEA maintains an international directory of education ministries and other recognized higher education quality assurance bodies worldwide.

  • Academy for the Promotion of International Culture and Scientific Exchange (APICS)
  • Accelerated Degree Programs
  • Accreditation Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, Morgantown, Kentucky
  • Accreditation Council for Distance Education
  • Accreditation Governing Commission of the United States of America
  • Accreditation Panel for Online Colleges and Universities
  • Accrediting Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries, Sarasota, Florida
  • Accrediting Commission for Specialized Colleges
  • Accrediting Commission International (ACI) (in Beebe, Arkansas) (aka International Accrediting Commission)
  • Accrediting Commission International for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries (ACI) (in Beebe, Arkansas) (aka Accrediting Commission International)
  • Accrediting Council for Colleges and Schools (ACCS)
  • Adult Higher Education Alliance (AHEA)
  • Alternative Institution Accrediting Association (AIAA)
  • American Accrediting Association of Theological Institutions (AATI) (in Rocky Mount, North Carolina)
  • American Association for Higher Education and Accreditation (AAHEA) Based in Ocala, Florida, but uses the name and Washington, DC telephone number of another organization that is now defunct.
  • American Association of Drugless Practitioners Commission on Accreditation (AADPCA)
  • American Association of Independent Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Association of International Medical Graduates (AAIMG)
  • American Association of Non-traditional Colleges and Universities (AANCU)
  • American Association of Non-Traditional Private Postsecondary Education
  • American Association of Schools (AAS)
  • American Association of Universities and Colleges (AAUC)
  • American Bureau of Higher Education (ABHE)
  • American Council of Private Colleges and Universities (ACPCU) (connected to the operator of Hamilton University, now called Richardson University)
  • American Council on Private School Accreditation (ACPSA)
  • American Education Association for the Accreditation of Schools, Colleges & Universities
  • American Federation of Colleges and Schools (AFCS)
  • American Federation of Colleges and Seminaries(AmFed)(AFCS) or American Federation of Christian Colleges and Schools (in Lakeland, Florida)
  • American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB)
  • American Naturopathic Medical Accreditation Board (ANMAB)
  • American Naturopathic Medical Certification and Accreditation Board (ANMCAB or ANMAB)
  • American Naturopathic Medicine Association (ANMA)
  • American Psycotherapy Association
  • American Universities Admission Program
  • American University Accreditation Council (connected to the operator of the University of Northern Virginia)
  • Arizona Commission of Non-Traditional Private Postsecondary Education
  • Asia Theological Association (ATA)
  • Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP)
  • Association for Distance Learning Programs (ADLP)(aka National Academy of Higher Education and Association of Distance Learning Programs)
  • Association for Innovation in Distance Education
  • Association for Online Academic Excellence (AOAE) (may be based in Wales)
  • Association of Accredited Private Schools
  • Association of Career Training Schools
  • Association of Christian Colleges and Theological Schools (in Louisiana or Virginia)
  • Association of Distance Learning Programs (ADLP) (aka Association for Distance Learning and National Academy of Higher Education)
  • Association of Independent Christian Colleges & Seminaries
  • Association of International Education Assessors (includes Council for Distance Education Accreditation)
  • Association of Reformed Theological Seminaries


  • Board of Online Universities Accreditation (BOUA)
  • British Learning Association (BLA)


  • Central States Consortium of Colleges & Schools (CSCCS) (connected to the operator of Breyer State University)
  • Centre of Academic Excellence UK (CAEUK)
  • Central States Council on Distance Education (CSCDE), (Washington, DC); alternatively named Central States Association Council on Distance Education
  • Christian Accrediting Association (CAA)
  • College for Professional Assessment
  • Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Schools
  • Commission for the Accreditation of European Non-Traditional Universities
  • Commission on Medical Denturitry Accreditation (COMDA)
  • Commission on Online Higher Learning
  • Council for Distance Education Accreditation (CDEA), (connected to Association of International Education Assessors)
  • Council for International Education Accreditation (CIEA)
  • Council on Postsecondary Alternative Education
  • Council on Postsecondary Christian Education - According to John Bear’s list of unrecognized accreditors, this organization was established by the operators of LaSalle University (Louisiana) and Kent College (Louisiana).
  • Council on Medical Denturitry Education (COMDE)


  • Distance Education Council (DEC) (connected to the operator of Saint Regis University) (not to be confused with the legitimate Distance Education Council recognized by the Indian Department of Education [2])
  • Distance Education Council of America
  • Distance Graduation Accrediting Association
  • Distance Learning Council of Europe (DLCE) (connected to University Degree Program)


  • Education Accrediting Association (in Idaho)
  • Educational Accreditation Association (in Idaho)
  • Education Commission for Integrative Health (ECIH)
  • Education Quality Assurance Commission (EQAC)
  • European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools (in France, Belgium, and UK)
  • European Committee for Home and Online Education (ECHOE) (connected to University Degree Program)
  • European Council for Distance and Open Learning (ECDOE)(connected to University Degree Program)
  • Examining Board of Natural Medicine Practitioners (EBNMP)
  • Expressive Psychology Association


  • Global Accreditation Commission (GAC)


  • Higher Education Accreditation Commission (HEAC)
  • Higher Education Services Association (HESA) (connected to University Consulting Inc.)
  • Hygienic Doctors Association (HDA)


  • Integra Accreditation Association (IAA)
  • Inter-Collegiate Joint Committee on Academic Standards (ICJCAS)
  • Interfaith Education Ministries (IEM)
  • International Academic Accrediting Commission (IAAC)
  • International Accreditation Agency for Online Universities (IAAOU) (connected to operators of Ashwood University, Belford University, and Rochville University)
  • International Accreditation Association (IAA)
  • International Accreditation for Universities, Colleges and Institutes (IAUCI)
  • International Accreditation and Recognition Council (IARC)
  • International Accrediting Association for Colleges and Universities (IAACU)
  • International Accrediting Commission (IAC) (Kenosha, Wisconsin) (aka Accrediting Commission International)
  • International Accrediting Commission for Schools, Colleges, and Theological Seminaries (IAC) (aka International Accrediting Commission)
  • International Accrediting Commission for Postsecondary Institutions (IACPI)
  • International Accrediting Commission for Postsecondary Education Institutions
  • International Association for Distance Learning (IADL)
  • International Association of Educators for World Peace
  • International Association of Universities and Schools (IAUS) (not to be confused with the International Association of Universities (IAU))
  • International Commission for Higher Education (ICHE)
  • International Commission of Open Post Secondary Education (ICOPSE)
  • International Commission on Distance Learning, founded in Zurich by Roldán Moré
  • International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICODE)[dubious – discuss]
  • International Distance Education and Learning Council (IDETC) (not to be confused with the US-recognized Distance Education and Training Council (DETC))
  • International Distance Learning Accrediting Association (IDLAA)
  • International Education Ministry of Accreditation Association
  • International Interfaith Accreditation Association (IIAA) (Closing down operations at the end of May 2007)
  • International (States) Parliament for Safety and Peace (IPSP or ISPSP), operating from Palermo, Italy
  • International University Accrediting Association (IUAA) (in California)


  • Kingdom Fellowship of Christian Schools and Colleges


  • Middle States Accrediting Board (MSAB)
  • Mid States Accrediting Agency
  • Midwestern States Accreditation Agency (MSAA)


  • National Academy of Higher Education (NAHE)
  • National Academy of Higher Learning
  • National Accreditation Association (NAA)
  • National Association for Private Post-Secondary Education (NAPSE)
  • National Association for the Legal Support of Alternative Schools (NALSAS)
  • National Association of Alternative Schools and Colleges (NAASC)
  • National Association of Open Campus Colleges (NAOCC)
  • National Association of Private Nontraditional Schools and Colleges (NAPNSC), (Grand Junction, Colorado)
  • National Board of Education of Liberia
  • National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE)
  • National Council of Schools and Colleges (NCSC)
  • National Distance Learning Accreditation Council (NDLAC) (Glendale University and Suffield University claim NDLAC accreditation)
  • National Learning Online Council (NLOC)
  • Naturopathic National Council (NNC)
  • Non-traditional Course Accreditation Body (NTCAB)
  • Northwest Regional Accrediting Agency


  • Online Christ Centered Ministries


  • Pacific Association of Schools and Colleges (PASC)


  • Quality Assurance Commission UK Limited(Should not be confused with QAA)


  • Regional Education Accreditation Commission (REDAC)


  • Southern Accrediting Association of Bible Institutes and Colleges (SAABIC)
  • Southern Association of Accredited Colleges and Universities


  • The Association for Online Distance Learning (TAODL)
  • Transworld Accrediting Commission International (TWACI), Riverside, California, USA


  • UNESCO  (Recognized by BQS)
  • United Congress of Colleges (UCC) (Ireland, UK)
  • US-DETC—Nevada (not to be confused with the legitimate Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), based in Washington DC)
  • United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA); states that it does not provide accreditation, but has been claimed as an accreditor by entities including Madison University
  • Universal Council for Online Education Accreditation (UCOEA)


  • Verity College (Illinois, Michigan)
  • Virtual University Accrediting Association (VUAA)
  • Virtual University Accrediting Association (in California) (VUAA)


  • West European Accrediting Society (WEAS)
  • Western Accrediting Agency
  • Western Association of Private Alternative Schools (WAPAS)
  • Western Council on Non-Traditional Private Post Secondary Education (WCNPPSE)
  • World Association of Universities and Colleges (WAUC) (in Nevada; operated by Maxine Asher)
  • World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions
  • World Council For Excellence in Higher Education (WCEHE)
  • World Online Education Accrediting Commission (WOEAC)
  • World-wide Accreditation Commission of Christian Educational Institutions (WACCEI)
  • Worldwide Accrediting Commission

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