World Association of Universities and Colleges

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World Association of Universities and Colleges
Type Unrecognized higher education accreditor
President
Maxine Asher

The World Association of Universities and Colleges (WAUC) is an institutional educational accreditation body not recognized by the United States Department of Education.[1] It is run by Maxine Asher, director of the American World University, an unaccredited school.[2] WAUC's website claims that "laws in the U.S.A. prohibit the recognition of global accreditation associations".[3]

History[edit]

According to Maxine Asher's American World University, World Association of Universities and Colleges was started in 1992.[4]

In March 2001, WAUC was reported to be using an executive suite in Henderson, Nevada as its address.[5]

In 2004, Asher was forced to close down the World University of Iowa, a Hawaii-based institution similar to American World University and accredited by World Association of Universities and Colleges.[6] As part of a summary judgement, she was ordered to cease operations, refund tuition money to all students, and pay $240,000 in damages.[6] The action came as part of a statewide crackdown on unaccredited schools, as many had relocated there after 1999 in an effort to evade regulation in the mainland United States.[6] During court proceedings, Asher refused to provide school documentation such as a list of students.[6]

In June 2007, the organization's website listed an address in Beverly Hills, California and WAUC listed 57 accredited schools and 28 nonaccredited "members only" schools.[7] In 2010, it offered accreditation for limited time offer at $500.[8]

As of September 2011, WAUC's website was offline.[9]

In 2012, the World Association of Universities and Colleges claims "a membership of forty universities, with dozens of other worthy institutions in the process of application.".[4]

Schools listed as "accredited" by WAUC[edit]

As of 2008, WAUC listed the following as accredited members:[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bartlett, Thomas and Scott Smallwood (2004). ""Maxine Asher Has a Degree for You"". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 24 January 2006. 
  2. ^ "U' in Iowa City duped many, experts say", Ryan J. Foley, The Daily Iowan, published January 27, 2003, accessed February 21, 2007.
  3. ^ "FAQs". World Association of Universities and Colleges. Archived from the original on June 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Accreditation". American World University. 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  5. ^ 3 Unrecognized Accrediting Agencies, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 23, 2001.
  6. ^ a b c d "Quick and Dirty: a notebook of news and politics", the Las Vegas Mercury, published February 26, 2004, accessed June 28, 2007.
  7. ^ "World Association of Universities and Colleges". Archived from the original on May 21, 2007. Retrieved 20 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Accreditation". World Association of Universities and Colleges. 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "World Association of Universities and Colleges". 2011. Archived from the original on September 6, 2011. 
  10. ^ WAUC accreditation list, archived February 16, 2008.

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