United States of America (USA) based unaccredited Tri-Valley University used to offer courses (vastly online) across Engineering, Business, Ministry, Law and Medicine. Following the raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the possibility of visa fraud the University has been shut down early this year.
Tri-Valley is under investigation by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement department for allegedly operating as a front for illegal immigration.The ICE claims the school issued F-1 visas to students who were in different states. From May 2009 to May 2010, the school went from having 11 students with F1 visas to 939 students with F1 visas. The number went to 1555 in December 2010. Students paid up to $2700/semester for tuition. Furthermore, the Department of Homeland Security claims students who were enrolled were paid if they referred another student to the school.
Foreign students, mostly from India, were interrogated by the ICE. Some were radio tagged to monitor their movements, a move the Indian government protested as treating the students who had been tricked by TVU’s promoters like common criminals.
Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao has written to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asking her to view the cases of over 1,000 Indian students affected by the “sham” Tri Valley University with “understanding” and in a “fair” manner. (via)
Students who have paid lacks to enroll for these courses were being duped and the fate of these students is in a big dilemma; while going for west for higher education is not so uncommon in India incidents likes this keeps the students under constant confusion. Recently we had reported about another UK based business school (TASMAC) which closed down the shutters claiming the stringent UK visa norms.
Students opting to study abroad should exercise caution and do their own independent research on the University or School they wish to continue their studies. Students should enroll themselves for schools which are accredited in USA alone there are many credited accredited bodies.
Specialized and professional accreditors in USA
Specialized and professional accreditors are recognized as reputable by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Best practices are shared and developed through affiliation with the Association of Professional and Specialized Accreditors.The more visible specialized and professional accredited bodies include:
|1||American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation||For schools of dentistry|
|2||American Bar Association (ABA)||This accreditation is a prerequisite to sitting for the bar exam in most states, a notable exception being California|
|3||National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)||This accreditation is a prerequisite to sitting for the architectural licensing exams in most states|
|4||Association of American Medical Colleges||For medical schools|
|5||The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)||For business schools|
|6||American Veterinary Medical Association||For schools of veterinary medicine|
|7||Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology||For applied science, computing, engineering, and technology programs|
|8||National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation||For automotive repair programs|
|9||HVAC Excellence||For Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) programs|
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