Accreditation or lack thereof

First of all, before you read this article, we recommend its introduction in the homepage, which explains in detail how the Israeli University of the People UoPeople commits fraud.

Fake news about WASC regional accreditation

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WASC Senior College and University Commission, also known as WSCUC, is a serious regional accrediting body, unlike UoPeople's DEAC and its predecessor DETC, which was shut down because it had accredited too many diploma mills (scams). In February 2020, UoPeople claimed to be going to receive WASC regional accreditation. WASC didn't issue any statements but UoPeople started to bombard Internet forums, social networks, YouTube etc. claiming that they were going to be accredited. Fake news! You just have to read WASC's official page instead of UoPeople's fake articles: University of the People is just a candidate, which means it is not accredited by WASC and the application has not been approved. Besides, don't be fooled by the misleading wording "Pre-accredited" that you might read elsewhere. "Pre-accredited" doesn't mean that it is "temporarily accredited"; it just means that UoPeople applied for accreditation. However, UoPeople's application was rejected several times because it doesn't meet the minimum requirements to become accredited: for example, University of the People has no professors. If UoPeople were eligible for regional accreditation, WASC would have already accredited it. UoPeople can try again in a few years, but nobody really knows when it will be accredited (assuming it will be accredited). Besides, accreditation is usually a long process — unless you get accredited after a couple of days by accreditation mills such as DETC-DEAC. DEAC, which is the previously defunct DETC, is not a regional accreditation body and has nothing to do with WASC. Many DEAC-DETC "accredited schools" are (or were) online diploma mills: in this case, we could say… accredited scams. In the USA, the most reputable form of accreditation is not national accreditation, but regional accreditation, which allows students and graduates to transfer credits from an institution to others, or qualify for state licensure, or immigrate to the US or Canada. This means that UoPeople.edu is not regionally accredited in America, and the reason is very simple: unlike all other universities, including online universities, which have real headquarters, real facilities, real professors and instructors etc., University of the People doesn't have anything, and almost no one considers it a real and legitimate school. For example, WES does not recognize UoPeople degrees for immigration purposes.

Besides, UoPeople reps now claim that "national accreditation is the same as regional accreditation, because they are both legal". First of all, nobody said that national accreditation is illegal — technically it is not illegal… funny but true — but the point is that UoPeople's ridiculous national self-accreditation, namely DETC-DEAC, has no credibility in academia, in business or in the workplace. It is no accident that UoPeople also tried to get regional accreditation through WASC (without success): if national and regional accreditation were the same thing, why would UoPeople seek regional accreditation too? The answer is very simple: UoPeople needs a more important and more serious accreditation, because DEAC-DETC is ridiculous and has been used by many diploma mills, especially when it was called DETC and was shut down. If DEAC were a serious accreditation body, there would be no need to chase different accreditations.

Most importantly, it is not true that your degree will become regionally accredited by WASC: accreditation is never retroactive, so if UoPeople hypothetically gets WASC accreditation, current and old students will not get regional accreditation by WASC. As a matter of fact, the University of the People aka UoPeople will never get regional accreditation, because it sells degrees to people who just copy-paste random responses generated by ChatGPT 3.5: this is how the "students" write essays and solve math problems. No respected accreditation body would approve of such behavior.

UoPeople's fake college credits

One of the major issues that prevents the University of the People from becoming regionally accredited is the total lack of professors and academic staff. UoPeople's customers can buy fake college credits from non-academic websites such as sophia.org and then convert them into UoPeople's college credits, thus avoiding professors, classes and exams.

UoPeople's fake worldwide accreditation

University of the People sells many degrees in Africa and Asia. Unfortunately, people in those countries don't know that UoPeople degrees are not accredited there and are therefore useless: very few (important) universities in the world have multiple international accreditations, which allow them to issue degrees in more than one country. This is not the case with the tiny University of the People, which is barely accredited in the US and is unaccredited in the rest of the world. For the sake of clarity, UoPeople is not accredited in Europe, Africa, Asia or Oceania.

Comprehensive list of countries where University of the People UoPeople.edu is either accredited or unaccredited

USA, including Puerto Rico
In the US, UoPeople is nationally accredited but not regionally accredited. More specifically, UoPeople is not accredited by WASC, which rejected the requests for accreditation: UoPeople now has five years to comply with WASC directives.
European Union
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.
A
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Azerbaijan.
B
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Burkina Faso, Burundi.
C
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), Cayman islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (People's Republic of China), Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo), Costa Rica, Curaçao.
D
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic.
E, F
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji.
G
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana.
H
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong.
I
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast (Côte d'Ivoire).
J
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Jamaica, Japan, Jordan.
K
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait.
L
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya
M
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar.
N
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Namibia, Nepal, New Guinea, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Korea, North Macedonia, Norway.
O, P, Q
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar.
R
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Russia, Rwanda.
S
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon islands, Somalia and Somaliland, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan and South Sudan, Suriname, Switzerland, Syria.
T
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Taiwan (Taipei, Republic of China), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu.
U
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates (UAE), United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan.
V, Y
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.
Z
UoPeople is not accredited or recognized in the following countries: Zambia, Zimbabwe.
All other countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, North America, Central America (including the Caribbean), South America:
University of the People is not accredited or recognized anywhere else.

Remarkably, University of the People, which is an Israeli company, it is not even accredited in Israel, because this Israeli for-profit organization does not want to disclose its real location: Israel ✡️ and not the United States. See the official map (in Hebrew).

Bottom line: when UoPeople's owner and reps aka ambassadors claim it to be fully accredited, they are blatantly lying. On the other hand, they may be right in claiming that the University of the people aka UoPeople is the first accredited scammer in the US: an education revolution.

University of the People published a very long list on Reddit, titled List of international universities accepting UoPeople credentials, claiming that hundreds of real and accredited universities accept credits transferred from UoPeople.edu. That list is completely false. Just as an example, UoPeople claims that you can transfer credits to the Sapienza Università di Roma Italia, which is one of the largest universities in Europe and in the world. We phoned this university, but they had never heard of University of the People. They also said that any foreign university that wants to transfer credits to Rome Sapienza — or any other Italian university — must be recognized by the competent Italian embassy or consulate (in this case, it would be the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles). Since University of the People is not recognized by any embassies or consulates, transferring credits would be illegal and its degrees are invalid in Italy. Besides, in an article titled "Will my degree be relevant in my country?", UoPeople's blog claims that "Upon graduation, UoPeople students are ready and prepared to continue studying in high-quality educational institutions. They have continued their education at Carnegie Mellon University of Australia, University of Nairobi, Sapienza University of Rome, University of Newcastle in Australia, University of Waikato in New Zealand and elsewhere." As we have seen, these kinds of claims are all false, because Sapienza University of Rome confirmed that the institution never accepted students from the unknown University of the People, and it is no accident that UoPeople does not show any documents.

The unaccredited laughable UoPeople MBA

There exist four important accrediting agencies for MBA programs: the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB, chiefly American), the Association of MBAs (AMBA, chiefly British), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, chiefly American), and the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS, chiefly European). The best MBA programs hold accreditation from one or more of these accrediting bodies.

Since UoPeople.edu is not accredited by any of them, its "MBA" is just a ridiculous piece of paper, devoid of recognition in the business world, which you could have printed yourself without paying thousands of dollars to the Israeli University of the People Education Ltd diploma mill. Again, UoPeople claims the MBA to be fully accredited, but it is not true and therefore it is a total scam. An MBA from the University of the People is not legit.

UoPeople also claims that all other MBAs are "too expensive", while UoPeople's MBA is a bargain and an education revolution. However, after attending a legit business school, accredited by a legit business accrediting body, you will receive a respectable and accredited real MBA. Operating a business school — not a tiny offshore virtual diploma mill — is expensive, which is why a real MBA program is "expensive".

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