I keep hearing the word Accredited... I used to think that was a good thing and that it was important. My Associates Degree is from a Community College, my Undergrad is from National Louis University, my 1st Masters Degree from University of Maryland, my 2nd Masters is from George Washington University... so I bought the hype. Here's the problem...
My Directors and VP's in Verizon, many of them had degrees from schools in India... I looked these schools up on the US Dept of Ed website... aaaaaand (drum roll)... NO US Dept of Ed ACCREDITATION by any of the Regional agencies! When I was on assignment at Wells Fargo in the IT dept... again many of my bosses and coworkers were from India and graduated from schools in India... again... NO U.S. ACCREDITATION! I worked at Sprint on a contract and... you guessed it, Indian schools with no US Dept of Ed. accreditation.
This is just my personal experience, so I did some research on some of the top level fortune 500 companies (that I could find) and found many of the execs from India had attended Indian schools... admittedly most all of them also attended some sort of American university... then how did a US University accept "Non-US-accredited" degrees for these folks to gain their Master's degrees?
I did the same for companies operating in the US like Toyota and Nissan, again many of their folks (of the ones I could find on Linked-in and other places) had degrees from Japan... once again "Non-US-accredited" so what's the big deal?
I can only speak for myself to say that I am hired for what I know, my skills, and experience... NO one has ever called my schools to verify they were accredited (though all them are US Dept. of Ed Accredited via one of the 6 Regional agencies). The one or 2 that I needed a full security background check only asked for transcripts which many of the "online schools" will also send transcripts... no one called and talked to a person at the University of Maryland... though again, many online schools will answer calls too... so who cares?
I looked up Oxford University the school of Stephen Hawking, physicist and author (arguably the smartest man on the planet), Former President Bill Clinton and Winston Churchill but can't find their Accreditation on the US Dept of Ed website... guess these famous people choose a degree mill for their degrees... :)