I'm pretty new to the whole concept of distance education, diploma mills and such. I was wondering if some of the more veteran posters could answer a couple questions for me. 1. What involvement does the government have in the accreditation of colleges and universities? How exactly does an institution of higher education become accreditted? 2. Is there a graph or table that shows the number of fraudulent diplomas sold in the past several years? I need just a general number to demonstrate the growth (or decline) of the number of degrees sold. 3. How do the veterans think the US government should handle diploma mills in the United States, their operators, and those who use the fake degrees? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much for your help.