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Subject: Re: [APG] Akamai University
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2009 23:30:03 -0400
As an Akamai Univeristy graduate, I can say that my mentor, the president, and every instructor I had contact with was upfront about Akamai University being an unaccredited university. Being unaccredited does not mean they are not of a high quality or have something to hide. This simply means that organizations or states as you have pointed out may not accept your degree as "proof" of receiving an education in a particular field. Akamai University has been working hard toward accreditation; however, this process is long and costs a lot of money. Akamai University even has a page dedicated to explaining their accreditation. http://www.akamaiuniversity.us/accreditation.html?In this accreditation explanation they even state that one should?choose a school based on their own needs and goals.?I have been taking online courses since 2004 and my courses through Akamai were of the highest quality.
From: Ray Beere Johnson II <>
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Sent: Sun, Jun 21, 2009 6:06 pm
Subject: [APG] Akamai University
Since it was pointed out I had no evidence for my concerns, despite the
fact that I did support the specific point I was making with evidence, I dug up
an interesting fact. According to this page <http://www.osac.state.or.us/oda/unaccredited.aspx>
the State of Oregon seems to have formally listed Akamai University as an
_unaccredited_ institution - that is, degrees from Akamai are not "valid for
public or licensed employment in Oregon".
Another portion of this site suggests that such degrees are not accepted in
"North Dakota, New Jersey, Texas, Nevada, Washington and Maine" as well, and
their use is limited in various ways in Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois. It also
suggests other states are considering similar laws "to prevent fraud".
At least in Oregon, _even in private use_, the holder of such a degree must
disclose on "all resumes, letterhead, business cards or web sites that the
degree is unaccredited and unapproved by ODA". Failure to make this disclosure
seems to be a violation of Oregon law, although I am not a lawyer and am not
attempting to offer legal advice. My intention is simply to discuss what this
evidence suggests about Akamai.
My reading would be that you could not even claim to have a degree in
genealogy in Oregon without a disclaimer if that degree was from Akamai. It is
possible similar rules exist in some of the other states named above; I simply
don't have time to hunt down every possible piece of evidence right now. It does
seem, however, that the legislators of Oregon have misgivings of their own.
Certainly anyone considering getting a degree from Akamai might want to
consider just how that piece of paper would be perceived by others - and those
who hold such degrees might want to be sure of their legal situation. As I say,
_I am not a lawyer_, but I would at least wonder, for example, if it would be a
violation of Oregon law to advertise on a web site - without a disclaimer - and
to take clients from Oregon. I can't know the answ
er, but I can wonder just what
a lawyer _would_ answer to that question.
Ray Beere Johnson II
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