KWU never had public respect. There's nothing to "regain." The "jurisdiction of the U.S. courts" is completely irrelevant in regards to the legitimacy of a credential. You say you are interested in earning a Ph.d. I don't know if you are interested in teaching, but, even if not, I think this will give you a good indication of what you are dealing with: As far as I know, there are NO legitimate schools in the U.S. that will categorically deny degrees earned from Australia or South Africa. As far as I know, there are NO legitimate schools in the U.S. that will knowingly accept a K-W Ph.D. as a legitimate credential. (Including K-W itself, ironically) And yes, there are instructors who teach with a K-W degree, but in every case I have seen, they got the job based on a prior accredited degree. If you want a bogus degree, just print it yourself. It will be just as legitimate, and much cheaper.