Pacific Western University (Hawaii)
Pacific Western University (Hawaii), Inc., also called American PacWest International University and registered with the business name Pacific West University (Hawaii)  was an unaccredited institution based in Hawaii that was closed in 2006 following a lawsuit filed by the State of Hawaii a year earlier.
Pacific Western University (Hawaii) was incorporated in Hawaii in 1988. According to the State of Hawaii, it enrolled fewer than 25 state residents, but used several websites (including www.apiu.ws, www.open-universities.com, www.warwicks.com and www.imed-pwu.com) to enroll distance education students from other places. In 2005, the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection brought a lawsuit against the institution, alleging that it misrepresented itself to prospective students and committed several other violations of state law. On May 9, 2006, a state court ruled in favor of the state agency, ordering Pacific Western to cease operation and assessing a civil penalty of $500,000. The State of Hawaii has taken legal action against more than 66 such unaccredited schools since the year 2000.
Pacific Western University (Hawaii) was not accredited by any accreditation body recognized by the United States Department of Education. As such, its degrees and credits might not be acceptable to employers or other institutions, and use of PWU (Hawaii) degree titles may be restricted or illegal in some jurisdictions.
Pacific Western University in Hawaii and Pacific Western University in California were once owned and operated by the same party. According to Inside Higher Ed, the association ended in 2004 when Pacific Western University in California) was sold and began operating under new ownership, administration, and faculty.
Pacific Western University - California's assets, including its State of California approval status,were sold to California Miramar University in 2005. On June 6, 2009, California Miramar University received accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council. The California Post-Secondary Education Commission and Distance Education and Training Council both list CMU's date of establishment as 2005.
- State of Hawaii v. Pacific Western University (Hawaii) Inc., aka American PacWest International University, Complaint (Sec. 8), count VI, count VII.
- Judgment in favor of the State was entered on May 9, 2006 Hawaii Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs
- List of Law Suits against Unaccredited Schools in Hawaii, accessed July 11, 2010
- Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas
- Diploma Mills and Accreditation
- Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning, 15th edition, John B. Bear, Ph.D. & Mariah P. Bear, M.A., Copyright 2003 by Ten Speed Press, ISBN 1-58008-431-1
- Thacker, Paul (2006-12-15). "What's in a Name?". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 2008-06-04.
- DETC 2009-2010 Directory of Accredited Institutions, DETC
- California Miramar University in Guide to California Colleges and Universities, California Post-Secondary Education Commission