Licensing and accreditation of higher education providers is distinctly different on the
international stage than that provided by USA Department of Education approved private agency accreditors for American schools.
For simplicity purposes, it is necessary to point out that American approval to receive federal guaranteed student aid is
based on peer review of other members schools from a particular private agency recognized as acceptable to the US Department
Foreign governments have a hard time understanding this convoluted
system since no US government agency such as a Ministry of Education awards licenses or approves an institution's
right in America to award degrees. The US Department of Education does not do this and leaves it to the schools themselves
to provide the measurement and standards for credibility. No current laws exist at the national level to demand a university
of any kind submit to any accreditation approval process.
On the other hand in all UN member nations, principalities and religious
organizations, the power to award degrees, certificates of accomplishment, etc., for an institution of higher learning
must come from one of the 193 nations and six principalities whose authority is granted by the national government
itself or a government agency under the national government's control. UNESCO is the UN's governing
body on education and is moving rapidly to internationalize and protect students world wide from bogus and unauthorized institutions.
Seventy-five percent of the students of higher education, according to UNESCO, do not study in the US or are they from the
Private agencies such as the six regional accrediting agencies in
America controlled by the universities that are members, are essentially non-existant on the international stage. Thus,
any nation, it is generally agreed, serving as a member in good standing of the United Nations, has the power to certify,
license, and accredit any institution of higher learning within its boarders. If that school, regardless of how good or bad
it may be is licensed, other nations of the UN are obliged to provide it the courtesy of recognizing degrees and certificates
earned at those universities in every other member nation, simply as a matter of protocol.