Here is a good question. Some schools are state approved, but not accredited by any agency recognized by the US Department of Education. For example, California Pacific University has this status. On that note, is their diploma a real and legitimate one, or do you guys still feel this school is a higher class of diploma mill? If you knew someone had a doctorate from this school, would you call them Doctor Jones (or whatever)? "California Pacific University is approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. California Pacific is not, however, accredited by any higher education accreditation organization recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. California Pacific University appears on the current California Postsecondary Education Commission list of state-approved institutions".