Is the online Jefferson high school diploma accredited?
I work for a major University, and I have had to turn away numerous students who applied and had this high school listed. It is not accredited and no major college or university will accept this.
Checking Out Academic Credentials
Federal officials recommend that you always check academic credentials, even when the school they're from is well known. Some applicants may falsify information about their academic backgrounds rather than about their work history, possibly because employers are less likely to check with schools for verification or to require academic transcripts.
Here's how to verify academic credentials:
- Contact the school. Most college registrars will confirm dates of attendance and graduation, as well as degrees awarded and majors, upon request. If the applicant gives permission, they may provide a certified academic transcript. If you aren't familiar with the school, don't stop your research just because someone answers your questions on the phone or responds with a letter. Some diploma mills offer a "verification service" that will send a phony transcript to a prospective employer who calls.
- Research the school on the Internet. Check to see if the school is accredited by a recognized agency. Colleges and universities accredited by legitimate agencies generally undergo a rigorous review of the quality of their educational programs. If a school has been accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency, it's probably legitimate. Many diploma mills claim to be "accredited," but the accreditation is from a bogus, but official sounding, agency they invented.
You can use the Internet to check if a school is accredited by a legitimate organization at a new database of accredited academic institutions, posted by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) at the Related Link below. (There are a few legitimate institutions that have not pursued accreditation.)
To find out if an accrediting agency is legitimate, check the list of recognized national and regional accrediting agencies maintained by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) at the Related Link below.
Look at the school's website. Although it is prudent to check out the school on the Internet, it's not always easy to pick out a diploma mill based on a quick scan of its site. Some diploma mills have slick websites, and a "dot-edu" Web address doesn't guarantee legitimacy. Nevertheless, the website can be a source of information. Indeed, federal officials say it's probably a diploma mill if:
- tuition is charged on a per degree basis, rather than per credit, course, or semester
- there are few or unspecified degree requirements, or none at all
- the emphasis is on degrees for work or life experience, and
- the school is relatively new, or has recently changed its name.
- tuition is charged on a per degree basis, rather than per credit, course, or semester
Check other resources. There is no comprehensive list of diploma mills on the Web because new phony credentialing sources arise all the time. However, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission's Office of Degree Authorization (OSAC) maintains a list of organizations it has identified as diploma mills at the Related Link below. Another way to check up on a school is to call the registrar of a local college or university and ask if it would accept transfer credits from the school you are researching.
- Ask the applicant for proof of the degree and the school's accreditation. If you don't get satisfactory answers from the school itself and the accreditation sites on the Web, ask the applicant for proof of the degree, including a certified transcript, and the school's accreditation. Ultimately, it's up to the applicant to show that he earned his credentials from a legitimate institution.
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From other contributors:
- This school is WHACK. They totally ripped me off. I passed the test with straight A's. When I tried to use it to go to college they pretty much laughed at me. DO NOT USE THIS SCHOOL at all PLEASE you will LOSE YOUR MONEY
- IT IS SCAM. PLEASE I AM BEGGING YOU STAY AWAY
From other contributors:
Yea, this school is a total scam. I friend of mine got a high school diploma from so called 'Jefferson high school''. He was able to use it to get a job at this company but I don't think that he would be able to use it for college because colleges will check the schools credentials. I WAS RESEARCHING THE INTERNET ABOUT THIS SCHOOL AND I HAVE SEEN A LOT OF PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY GOT SCAMMED BY THIS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO ANYONE. STAY AWAY FROM IT......
PENN FOSTER HIGH SCHOOL ONLINE/HOMESTUDY IS A REALLY GOOD SCHOOL, I'M WORKING ON MY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA FROM THEM. THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS NATIONALLY AND REGIONALLY ACCREDITED. THEY ARE A REAL HIGH SCHOOL. GO TO PENN FOSTER.EDU TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THEM, ALSO, RESEARCH THE INTERNET FOR YOURSELF ABOUT THIS SCHOOL. A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT GOT THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA GOT INTO COLLEGE... I WILL BE GETTING MINE DIPLOMA FROM THEM IN ABOUT A MONTH OR TWO.
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No it is a fake, it's a scam, the accreditation is fake also. there is no school exist .
Answer 1: Ashworth College offers three programs... 1) A high school diploma program 2) A career diploma program 3) A college degree program ...all of which are accredited… by agencies approved by either or both of the US Department of Education (USDE), and/or the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). With online career diplomas and college degrees it's not quite as important which accrediting agency has accredited the program as long as said agency is USDE- and/or CHEA-approved. However, at the high school level it's better for the online program to be what's called "regionally" accredited by one of the United States's six big USDE- and CHEA-approved "regional" accreditors. These are the same accreditors who accredit local elementary and middle schools, high schools, and both public and private state colleges and universities. "Regional" accreditation is the most common kind... the one that most people have heard of. But it is by no means the only kind of USDE- and/or CHEA-approved accreditation there is; and at the career diploma and/or college/university level, it's not quite as important that the program be "regionally" accredited. But at the high school level it does: Where most colleges and employers might be willing to accept a college degree that is not "regionally" accredited (but which is nevertheless still accredited by a USDE- and/or CHEA-approved agency), they tend to only accept high school diplomas that are "regionally" accredited. In recognition of that trend, Ashworth made sure that its high school program is, indeed, "regionally" accredited... by the big "regional" accreditor which covers the southern US states: The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which is also known, for whatever it's worth, as one of the tougher and better of the six big "regional" accreditors. Ashworth's career diplomas and college degrees, though, are not "regionally" accredited (though they are accredited by an agency approved by USDE and CHEA). So Ashworth's career diplomas and college degrees are also accredited, but just not "regionally" accredited. Instead, they're "nationally" accredited by the USDE- and CHEA-approved Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), which is an excellent accreditor. So, fear not! If one gets a high school diploma from Ashworth, it will be just as acceptable to any employer or college as a diploma from any local city or county high school that's right down the street from you. (MORE)
YES, I would really like to join. The school has a good reputation, and is something I would like to be apart of.
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Answer 1: Absolutely! Moreover, if you get it from a "regionally" accredited online high school, it will be every bit as good and acceptable, for all things for wh…ich a high school diploma is required, as the high school diploma that any local, traditional, in-classroom-type high school in your community offers. Online high school diplomas, as long as they're from a "regionally" accredited high school -- regardless whether of the in-classroom or online type -- are exactly the same as any other regionally-accredited high school's diploma. Moreover, the better of them are very conscious of how any indication, on the diploma, that it's from an "online" school may not look good to at least some people out there... people, sadly, who don't really understand online versus in-classroom educational issues. Additionally, in part because of that, they tend to name themselves traditionally (Ashworth College's "James MadisonHigh School," for example, just to name one, comes to mind), and they don't indicate on the diploma that they're online. Of course, since online is every bit as good as in-classroom, it's technically a moot point; but the schools tend to be, nevertheless, sensitive to it.Pretty much all local, in-classroom-type high schools, run by city and/or county school districts (and even most private ones, such as, for example, those run by the Roman Catholic Church) in the US are "regionally" accredited by one of the six big "regional" accreditors approved by the US Department of Education (USDE). Pretty much all local, community elementary schools (yes, even including the private, Catholic ones) are also "regionally" accredited. And most colleges, universities, trade/tech/career post-secondary schools, seminaries, etc., be the state/publicly owned, or privately owned, are also "regionally" accredited.There is, however, something called "national" accreditation, which is also approved by USDE, as well as by the USDE-sanctioned Council for Higher Education Accrediation (CHEA) at the post-secondary (college) level. And at the post-secondary level, national accreditation isn't necessarily a bad thing; though, that said, anyone considering a nationally-accredited college/university degree should do some research as to how well accepted it will be by employers, by government, and by regionally-accredited (and even other nationally-accredited, come to think of it) schools as requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs. According to CHEA's "Higher Education Transfer Alliance" (HETA) program (see the link to HETA in the "sources and related links" section, below), all schools, whether regionally or nationally accredited are supposed to honor one another's both transfer credits, and finished degrees as requisite for entry into higher-level degree programs. Sadly, though, it doesn't always work as smoothly as that; and so any person considering a nationally-accredited post-secondary educational program should first make sure that it will really and truly be acceptable to employers, or government, or whomever is requiring said education.At the high school (secondary) level, though, there is no question that only a "regionally" accredited high school diploma is of any real value. I'm sorry, you nationally-accredited high schools out there reading this, but I've been doing educational consulting for a long time; and, trust me, only a regionally-accredited (and not a nationally-accredited) high school diploma, of the type that pretty much all local, traditional, in-clasroom high-schools offer) will be universally acceptable to pretty much anyone and everyone that requires a high school diploma for employment or other purposes.So, online high school diploma seekers, be warned: Make sure that any online high school diploma program you consider is not only accredited by an agency approved by USDE; but, also, that the type of USDE-approved accreditation is "regional," and not "national."See the "sources and related links" section, below, for links to the six big "regional" USDE-approved high school accreditors; and then be sure, to check their websites to learn if the online high school diploma program you're considering is, indeed, accredited by at least one of them. Each USDE-approved regional accreditor covers a certain geographic portion of the US. So first figure out in which US state the online high school program is physically located, and then go to the website of the regional accreditor which covers that state and look-up the online high school to make sure that it's really and truly regionally accredited (doing things like matching its address and phone number and website URL to what's on the regional accreditor's website... take nothing for granted!).Remember that good-for-nothing high school diploma mills will lie on their websites, and will claim that they're accredited (when they're not); and some of them will even say they're "regionally" accredited because they know that verifying it is challenging and time-consuming, and they're hoping that they can fool lazy high school diploma seekers. Do not be fooled! Always look it up! And always make sure that it is only a "regionally" (and not a "nationally") accredited online high school that you choose. Again, at the college level, "national" accreditation can be okay, but not at the high school level. At the high school level, only "regional" accreditation will do!Below, in the "sources and related links," I have also added a link to a list of "Free or Cheap" online high schools. Remember that your state may very well have an online public high school so that those who drop-out of regular, in-classroom high school may have an opportunity to circle back and graduate anyway... all without going to class anymore, and having the other students see that you're behind and stuff. Most such state-sponsored, completely regionally-accredited programs are either free, or dirt cheap. Do check your state's public school system or department of education website to see if there is one. The list, linked-to, below, may lead you to that.I've also added links, below, to both Tom Nixon's book, and also his website, about online learning from K-12. I know Tom, and I can tell you that he is the hands-down most expert person there is on online high school and the various programs that are out there. I see, from his website, that he's now expanded to elementary and middle school learning, too. And that's great; but he started-out becoming expert in online learning at the high-school level; and so that's the thing in which he's most expert. Just remember, though: Stick only with "regionally" accredited high schools, no matter what even Tom Nixon says (and I'm sure he'd agree; but I'm just sayin'); and never take anyone's word for it that any school is accredited. Always look it up, and verify it, on the regional accreditors' websites.Tom Nixon's "Best Online High Schools" website (see the link to it in the "sources and related links" section, below) lists the best online high schools in the United States... and he provides them for free, and doesn't make a dime from it. It's sort of the website version of his book. It's probably the only resource you'll need; but, again, only seriously consider online high schools that re "regionally" accredited. Some of what Tom lists are credible and legitimate online high schools (or online high school curriculum, and/or home-schooling sources), but some of them are not accredited. Most are, though; and so you simply must look it up, and verify that it's regionally accredited before signing-up.NOTE: In this article, above, I gave, purely as an example, Ashworth College's regionally-accredited James Madison High School (an online high school), and then, because I referenced that, I added a link to it in the "sources and related links" section, below. I did that not to endorse James Madison (although, as it turns out, it's a pretty good school, but I still wasn't endorsing it); I was just giving it as an example... nothing more. Upon visiting James Madison's website site, just now, I noticed that in addition to its being "regionally" accredited, it has also become accredited in the same manner as its parent Ashworth College, which is "nationally" accredited. In this article, I explained that any online high school must be "regionally" and not "nationally" accredited, else its diploma may not be universally acceptable. And that's still true, but it doesn't mean that James Madison (or any other online high school) should be rejected because it's not only "regionally" accredited, but is also "nationally" accredited. When I wrote that the online high school absolutely must be "regionally" accredited, I simply meant that it should be "at least" that. In other words, as long as the school is at least "regionally" accredited, then it doesn't matter if it's also "nationally" accredited (which, in James Madison High School's case, since it's already "regionally" accredited, is kinda' redundant in the first place).So, then, since I've linked to James Madison, down in the "sources and related links" section, below, I've now also linked, down there, to Ashworth's James Madison's most direct competitor: the also-regionally-accredited Penn Foster College's High School. There are many other regionally accredited online high schools. See the "sources and related links" section, below. (MORE)
I've only found one from one of the online school directories that I usually use. You might be able to find more, but be sure to check the accreditation of the school! This is… the most important issue if you choose online degree program/school. Ashworth Career School offers a general high school diploma program. (MORE)
Answer 1: Yes it is, Yahoo News also covered them in its accredited institutes.Answer 2: Whomever wrote the first answer is obviously somehow associated with Penn …Ford High School, and so is likely a diploma millist......because, trust me, Penn Ford High School is a despicable diploma mill. STAY AWAY FROM IT!Its alleged "NABAE accreditation" isn't worth the paper on which it's written. And there is no such thing as "globally accredited."Moreover, the practice of giving a school a name that's intentionally confusingly similar to the name of a well-known and legitimate school is one of the diploma millists' oldest tricks in the book! The name "Penn Ford" is obviously supposed to sound confusingly similar to "Penn Foster." The latter is a legitimate and accredited high school; the former is a despicable diploma mill.DO NOT BE FOOLED!Never believe any school's claims, on its website, regarding its accreditation. Always, always, always independently verify a school's accreditation by looking-up said school on its accreditor's website; and make sure, first, that said accreditor is even a real accreditor. The good-for-nothing Penn Ford is claiming something it calls "NABAE" accreditation. Sadly, NABAE is not really an accreditor.In order to be an accreditor -- at least in the US -- said accreditor must be approved by the US Department of Education (USDE). Period. If an accreditor is not USDE approved, then it's not an accreditor. Simple as that.NABAE is not USDE-approved. And so it's not an accreditor.Moreover, there's no such thing as an international body which overrides or supersedes that! Accreditation is a country-by-country (or in the case of the EU, can be (but only in a limited way) a multi-national) sort of thing. There is no such thing, though, as "global" accreditation. Technically, there isn't really any such thing as legitimate and universally-recognized international accreditation.In the United States, only a diploma from a high school that's accredited by one of the six big "USDE-approved regional" accreditors is universally acceptable to all employers, colleges/universities, the military, etc. Yes, there are USDE-approved "national" accreditors; and their accreditation is very, very good. However, there is a pro-"regional" and anti-"national" bias among employers, colleges/universities and the military when it comes to high school diplomas. Only a "regionally" accredited high school's diploma will work. "National" accreditation is only useful with college/university credentials. At the high school level stick with only "regionally" accredited schools.Penn Foster High School (after which "Penn Ford" is obviously confusingly similarly named) is "regionally" accredited.Penn Ford, on the other hand, is a classic, textbook example of a diploma mill. Its high school diploma isn't worth the paper on which it's written. Avoid it like the plague! (MORE)
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