You know, this is a good question. What is clear is that foreign doctorate holders are hired with some regularity - for regular faculty jobs. As for "online schools" - I'm not familiar with the process. I didn't have to request official transcripts for my current adjunct gig - but that is n=1, and is a Canadian community college rather than an online for profit. I believe University of Phoenix has rather robust foreign degree recognition policies, but didn't have to test it. I did work for their sister school in Canada, but they accepted my American degree the usual way. Maybe even processed it in Phoenix, I'm not quite sure. WES evaluation can take relatively long time. After that, ordering duplicate reports should be relatively painless, but again - I didn't test it. My current job required evaluation but was OK with a copy of report I brought to the interview. My take is, yes, transcripts are easier with an American school - but this hardly justifies the price difference. So for my fantasy DBA degree, the top choice is still Heriot-Watt, with some other potential options to research. If I was regular faculty at a nonprestige school seeking to change departments, Vitez would also be a possibility due to cost. Or South African schools. Again, this is a fantasy scenario at this time. It transcript concerns make RA non-negotiable for you, and cost is the main factor, you are left with California Southern or Cumberlands. I think if there were cheaper options, this board would know about them. Keep in mind that CSU is likely to raise tuition at some point. This happened with all for-profits at some point after they gained RA (maybe except American College of Education, but they only have an EdD).