Feb 14, 2009
This email is to inform American Century University that I will not be continuing with my
program at American Century University.
While in the process of assisting my friend during her cancer issues, I took it upon
myself to look into programs of higher learning in Denver where I could utilize my
Veterans' benefits and have my transcripts from ACU transferred to another institution of
higher learning in order to finish a program of study near my home and near the hospital
where my friend is receiving treatments. It was at that time that the Veterans'
Administration informed me that American Century University (aka Century University) is
considered a diploma mill by the federal government.
I was directed to the following links: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/content/
unaccredited.aspx, http://chronicle.com/free/v47/i28/28a03401.htm, and
The language I found within these links that disturbed me the most was the following,
"Employers, potential students, potential clients, and others doing business with users of
these degrees should take appropriate steps to determine the true nature of the
credentials listed in order to ensure that degrees are genuine and are being used
legally." This statement implied that if I hold myself out as having a so-called legitimate
degree, when it is not recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, I could be using
my credentials illegally. That bothers me to my very core.
Degrees from closed or merged schools that were accredited by a U.S. Dept. of
Education-recognized at the time the degree was earned are legal for use as credentials
in many states. That is one thing, but ACU's accreditation is not recognized by the U.S.
Department of Education, only the State of New Mexico.
I find that individuals, like myself, who have been