This is a point that many people seem to miss on this site. Unaccredited college degrees are legal. There is nothing legally wrong with a college not seeking accreditation for it's degree program. Accreditation is optional, not required. This does not argue for fraudulent degrees (the strawman that many wish to argue against) but simply states a fact. Most people here argue for accreditation and that is fine. If that is what they want, they have that option. Where the debate becomes illegitimate (by my standards) is when people here accuse those with unaccredited degrees as being frauds and liars. This is not acceptable. I have been to the California Coast University website and noticed that they have been in business for over thirty years. They were finally accredited in 2005 by DETC. What about all of those thousands of people who obtained their degree from CCU before they were accredited? Guess what? They have unaccredited degrees and you are calling them frauds and liars. I also noticed on their site that there are hundreds of companies who sponsored tuition for these unaccredited degrees and who accepted them as legitimate once they were obtained (why else would they pay for them?). This widespread corporate acceptance flies in the face of the arguments here that only accredited degrees are acceptable. Instead of insulting everyone who has a legal unaccredited degree a better approach would be to counsel individuals on how to verify that a school is legitimate whether it is accredited or unaccredited.