A while back there was some erroneous information posted in another thread about the effect of the Kennedy-Western settlement with Oregon. Here is the correct information. Oregon residents can acquire degrees from Kennedy-Western if they want to. This has been true for most of the past 25 years, except during a period in which Kennedy-Western chose not to offer degrees to Oregon residents. This was described to our office by KW's attorney as a "business decision" by Kennedy-Western. What has changed are the conditions for use of such degrees in the state. Owners of KW degrees can use them in Oregon today. KW agreed in the settlement that its users must always provide a written disclaimer when the degrees are used, stating that the degrees are unaccredited and unapproved by ODA. Any user who does not include the disclaimer is in violation of Oregon law. We now apply the same standards to a user of any degree issued by a state-approved degree-granting entity. We have asked the legislature to change the statute accordingly. This proposed change is in House Bill 2182, which we expect to be heard in late March. Anyone who wants to testify on the issues may do so at that time. Foreign degrees will be treated the same way, except that they must be from a degree-granter that can prove that it has proper authority to issue locally-valid degrees in its country of origin. Note that Oregon still prohibits the use of unaccredited degrees for state employment, and in any licensed profession. KW agreed in its settlement that the state has a right to do this.