One of the lawmakers, Democrat Kathryn Sessions, said she supports tougher rules for distance learning but does not think accreditation is necessarily the answer. “I just don’t believe that the good should be thrown out with the bad,” she said. “I know how much money accrediting institutions charge universities and colleges — and I’m a little bit tired that they think they’re the end-all.” This is a comment on February 5th of 2005 about accreditation of post-secondary schools in the state of Wyoming. The legislator is obviously someone who believes that accreditation does not necessarily equate to quality of education. This is not about diploma mills. We all agree that no one should get a college degree without working for it. My point is that you have a bureaucratic system that is perpetuating itself by demanding that no one recognize any degrees that are not approved by it. Have we forgotten that accreditation is voluntary, not required? As most of us know, competition is vital to promoting excellence of any product or service. From personal experience at a regionally accredited university, I know that some of their professors and courses were as much of a joke as any unaccredited college could be. After all, look at the recent case of professor Ward Churchill at the regionally accredited University of Colorado who was head of his department in Ethnic Studies posing as a Native American when he was not one at all. Should RAs be the only acceptable accrediting agency as many of you say?