which state have the most relaxed higher education laws?

Discussion in 'Accreditation Discussions (RA, DETC, state approva' started by unisom, May 29, 2011.

  1. unisom

    unisom New Member

    Hi folks, long time reader of this forum, first time posting...

    Me and some of my friends are thinking of starting an online university, we've read through the laws and accreditation rules, and are very close to incorporating the business. We are wondering, in your experience with universities across states, which state tends to have the most relaxed laws when it comes to "degree granting" institutions?
  2. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    It depends, and on quite a few things. If you want to share a little more about what you and your colleagues have in mind, you'll get better advice. (Alternatively, feel free to send me a PM if you'd prefer not to post that information publicly.)

  3. John Bear

    John Bear Senior Member

    Things are very much in transition in many states. Not long ago, the answer would have been Alabama or Wyoming. Now they are both tougher. As you might expect, the easier the process, the worse the reputation. I hear from a lot of my readers, looking for a schools, who say things like, "Not one those California schools," as if they are describing something the cat dragged in.

    How about St. Kitts or the Grand Caymans?
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Interesting, as I've seen Virginia's initial licensing process from the inside and it really didn't look very difficult, yet I've never heard of Virginia as a destination jurisdiction for iffy schools.

    Thing is, what one would get there wouldn't be ease of setting up a legal school, it would be lax enforcement against setting up an undocumented school, which is not the same thing. You really are supposed to work with the local Ministry of Education in Caricom countries, and many have gone further and set up their own postsecondary accreditation agencies in the last few years.


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