And I will add this information to the Reddit as well, OnlineDegrees101. Because I do think it's important for people to understand from someone that's gone through it. Washington Online Learning Institute, or WOLI, is a self-paced, distanced tool essentially that allows you to gain a certificate in one of a few types of courses. A little known fact is that the US Government has engaged WOLI to provide college education for some of their areas. I went through the Business Administration certificate course, got the certificate, the whole nine. Pictures below. The Format/Structure If anyone had a chance to explore Patten before they shut down, this was nearly identical. The only difference is there's no need to participate in silly discussion forums or submit papers. Everything is a test, all multiple-choice, no proctor, it's auto-scored by the system. So you truly can go at your own pace. It took me just over 6 months to complete all four classes, and that's only because I took the equivalent of a month off AND throttled myself to no more than 2 tests or one Chapter per day (some of them have over 30 tests, some have over 15 Chapters). Completion of the program with high marks can make you eligible for nomination to Alpha Beta Kappa, which is a national honor society that is fairly new compared to the other more regional ones. ABK has chapters sponsored by a lot of schools that are accredited, most notably Purdue Global (formerly known as Kaplan) but there are many others out there. ABK requires that the student, once nominated, pay a small fee to join. Others such as Phi Beta Kappa (the most recognized) allow the school to nominate and pays the fee for them. The Material Here's what I found interesting. The tests are actually identical to tests you would find from any major university. One in particular was a Virginia-based college, one was a Florida-based college...large, state regionally accredited deals. Additionally, you get access to a full digital library of materials that are straight out of any college you'd find anywhere else. And I can verify that the tests are the exact same as at least one major college. This isn't unusual; colleges share tests for common classes all the time. For the Business Law class you also get access to a tool that lets you search case precedents and hearings. The material is as legit as they come and the tests are not cakewalks. Accreditation I read a few posts around here where this is a contentious issue, and one of the signatories of the cert (Rod Clarkson) has been represented here defending it. Here's what I can tell you. The classes are the EXACT SAME as what you would get at any major university anywhere, and in fact, identical to what you might be able to take through ACE or some other program. The problem, as some have noted, is how the accreditation is/was done. I actually went to MSA and verified that WOLI is indeed listed. The issue is the word "postsecondary". So I attempted to take the 20 credits issued here and transfer them to the lowest common denominator - the school that takes almost anything - Charter Oak State College. They flat out refused to even recognize the WOLI credits, because, quote, "while they are accredited, they are accredited as a postsecondary. We don't find that they are ACE-compatible in program, so we can't make an exception." (side note: Charter Oak does make an exception if they have an agreement with that org to accept their credits. So WOLI for example, could reach out to Charter Oak, make a deal, and those credits would be transferrable, which would increase their credibility because then Charter Oak's credits are transferrable already.) This means, folks, that WOLI is not regionally OR nationally accredited as far as issuing college credit (which is what matters). They are only regionally accredited to issue high school programs. I actually disagree with the assessment, because the material is 100% identical to any other college. Literally the same textbooks, the same tests, everything. So what's going on here? I have a theory, from having worked in the industry. I suspect that WOLI either didn't try for the full certificate accreditation OR were not allowed to do it because of how their "substantial interaction" works. Meaning...none. During the entire time I went through the courses, I only ever spoke to a person who claimed to be the director and one other gal in their Billing department (who didn't know what she was doing). No instructors. No teachers. There are videos, but again, they're the same material you'd find elsewhere. In fact, some of them are straight YouTube links. When I ran across a question where it had the same answer twice (clearly an OCR issue), it was the director who fielded the support ticket. Second, emails still come to you from "Excel High School" (which is technically the entity). That's fine - some high schools do college prep courses after hours. But it's terribly simple to set up email such that your messaging comes from the correct entity (I set this up myself internally in Microsoft 365. It's dirt simple.) It's curious that the government went all-in, but others seem to think that the government cares less about the certifications (think CompTIA) and more about the material and the fact you were exposed to it and passed tests for it at a basic level for common roles. It's unfortunate the for-profit private sector doesn't have a similar thought process, but here we are. Summary I don't regret going through the program. I'm a business owner (which is why I don't care or regret it, because I'm my own boss). I suspect there will be a time in the future (especially with the pandemic) that colleges are going to lighten up on what they consider "acceptable" college credits and simply look at the course (not just by name, but by topical material) and the study materials being identical to another school, and start waiving what they would normally restrict. Charter Oak, as an example, refused to accept Penn Foster credits even though they had accepted them for many years, but took basically every Microsoft cert I had and applied credit from them against a Business degree; not only knocking off regular classes, but completely knocking out all free elective requirements. The only reason I didn't do Charter Oak is that, as a liberal arts school, they wanted a hefty amount of additional liberal arts classes that I was not willing to suffer through. But if your goal is to get credits that you can transfer with confidence, WOLI isn't there yet. Stick with Sophia.org (who I couldn't stand), Study.com, etc. even though they don't have everything, they have enough. On the side: Rod, if you see this, I specialize in business process improvement. I'm happy to help - because I see a LOT of inefficiencies in your business that hamper what could potentially be a strong, viable alternative. I'm not hard to find - I'm your only BBB complainant, and that complaint is low hanging fruit to fix.