There are thousands of people who obtained their legitimate degrees in schools before the school was officially accredited who are running around with unaccredited degrees. The state of Oregon has taken the position (consistent with many others) that your degree is only legitimate if you graduated after the school became accredited. Those who graduated before the school was accredited are out of luck. The fact is that every school starts out unaccredited and then has the option to pursue accreditation if they wish. There is no law or federal requirement that any school must become accredited. Students attending these schools during this time are like all other college students - serious about their studies and wanting to improve their desireability in the job market. It is wrong that the state of Oregon considers these degrees lacking in credibility with any other degree. It is also wrong that many on this board consider all unaccredited degrees as shams. Both of these positions are untenable. Since the states have the power to grant degree authority, there should be a uniform state law that is passed by all 50 states creating a minimal standard for any higher education institution to grant a degree. Accreditation could be added on top of degree authority as a kicker but not as the minimal standard or part of the uniform law. If such a law were passed, all states would be on the same ground in accepting degrees whether accredited or not. No, this is not the same as accreditation. Accreditation is regional, national and anyone can form their own private accreditation agency. This would be a state statute enacted by all 50 states and would only apply minimal standards. I (and Milton Freidman) would prefer the private sector determine the value or not of a degree with no statutory or other authority giving credence as the best plan. For those who argue that there must be some governmental standard, this seems to be a reasonable secondary solution.