i disagree with the idea "the cost of accreditation is passed onto the students". While this is an all-unitedstatesian concern ( in Canada & Mexico things go about the way they do in Italy or Australia ), it makes no sense. Indeed there may or may have been cases of political lobby, bribery & malpractice, where substandard outfits somewhat managed to slip through the net. However the above argument reeks of degree mill practice. Even Athabasca, Open University etc cut short on campus buildings, dorm, football grounds & varsity sport circus expenses; hence they're cheaper. HOWEVER that has NOTHING to do with proper accreditation. I mean: ok, let's cut varsity sport, dorm rooms & all this college-movie paraphenalia. However we still can ( if we're legitimate ) meet TEACHING standards.