That is true but legitimate unaccredited schools can be recognized by the ODA. http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/faq.html Q. Are all unaccredited colleges degree mills? A. Not all unaccredited colleges are degree mills. Some unaccredited colleges provide legitimate academic work. However, while accredited schools undergo extensive review by an appropriate accrediting board, unaccredited schools are seldom reviewed by any outside entity. Unless these colleges are evaluated and approved by ODA, degrees from them cannot be used as credentials in Oregon. The ODA has allowed three unaccredited institutions to present degrees in the State of Oregon... http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.html As Thomas Edison State College puts it. http://www.tesc.edu/prospective/undergraduate/credit/pla.php "Thomas Edison State College has always held the belief that college-level knowledge, no matter how it is gained, warrants college credit. If you have extensive knowledge in a subject that is taught at the college level, the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process might be right for you. Formerly known as Portfolio Assessment, PLA is a flexible, efficient way of earning credits for college-level knowledge you have gained outside the traditional classroom." Demonstrating mastery over a course subject that was learned outside of a classroom is not a bad thing in the least.