I was just trying to reach the US Open University's website, and I typed in: http://www.usou.edu/ Which took me to something called the United States Online University in that amazing hotbed of higher education, South Dakota. Its accreditation page reads: "UNITED STATES ONLINE UNIVERSITY is accredited by the International Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (IASCU) in Switzerland. IASCU is an independent, nonprofit accrediting association who recognizes traditional and distance learning institutions. IASCU is not listed by the United States Department of Education." Never heard of it. It's good that they tell us that the USDoE doesn't recognize it, but why do they claim it in the first place? They go on: "UNITED STATES ONLINE UNIVERSITY will seek accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), a nationally recognized accrediting agency listed by the United States Department of Education." They claim partnerships with a lot of firms I have never heard of, but among them is the University of Southern Queensland. I don't have a clue what that means. Probably USQ has a DL consulting arm that these people have contracted with. They don't offer doctorates, which is a plus in my opinion. And they aren't offering programs in every subject under the sun. They talk about realistic sounding course and thesis requirements, although they sneak in a reference to life experience credit as well. Another interesting feature is that they seem very interested in selling themselves as a software and consulting service. Given their professional webpage design, I'd say that there is more behind this than behind most of the South Dakota schools. Frankly, I'm not sure what to make of it.