Fraudulent or Substandard Institutions
with a Texas Connection

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

All institutions on this list have had some physical presence in Texas or have been affiliated in some way with an institution located in Texas. "Fraudulent or substandard degree" means a degree conferred in Texas in violation of the Texas Education Code; conferred in another state in violation of that state's laws; conferred in another state by an institution that was not accredited by an accreditor recognized by the Coordinating Board and that has not been approved by the Coordinating Board for its degrees to be used in Texas; or conferred outside the United States by an institution that the Coordinating Board determines is not the equivalent of an accredited or authorized degree. (Texas Educational Code, Chapter 61, Section 61.302)

The Texas Penal Code (Section 35.52) prohibits the use of fraudulent or substandard degrees "in a written or oral advertisement or other promotion of a business; or with the intent to: obtain employment; obtain a license or certificate to practice a trade, profession, or occupation; obtain a promotion, a compensation or other benefit, or an increase in compensation or other benefit, in employment or in the practice of a trade, profession, or occupation; obtain admission to an educational program in this state; or gain a position in government with authority over another person, regardless of whether the actor receives compensation for the position." Violation of this law is a Class B misdemeanor.

Name
Location Remarks
Abba Institute Uvalde, San Antonio No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. In 1998, awarded Doctor of naturopathy degrees.
Adjunct College Canyon No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Claims to be branch campus of the fraudulent Warnborough University.
American College of Health Science Austin See College of Life Science.
Belford University Houston; United Arab Emirates No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Under investigation by the AG for operating from a mail forwarding service in Houston. Previously located
Cal Southern University Houston No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Registered in the South Pacific Island of Niue. Claims to be located in the Caribbean. Not to be confused with the legitimate University of Southern California.
Center of University Studies Graduate College   See Degree.com.
College of Life Science Austin No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Offered Doctor of Natural Hygiene degrees by correspondence, declined to apply for a certificate of authority.
Continuing Career Institute Dallas This entity and Samuel Barnett Haynes, its director, were enjoined from violating TX law on 12/10/1981 by the TX AG. They issued 7 diplomas which counterfeited a legitimate Texas university's degrees.
Degree.com San Antonio No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. No degree-granting authority from Mexico. DBA Monterrey Institute of Graduate Studies and as the Center for University Studies Graduate School.
Del Sur Christian College San Antonio See National Christian University.
James Cook Medical School San Antonio No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Approved by the Cook Islands in 1999, but removed from their system in 2004.
Logos Bible College Fort Worth No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Offered degrees without a certificate of authority.
Monterrey Institute of Graduate Studies San Antonio See Degree.com.
National Christian University San Antonio, Dallas, Arlington, Garland No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. The entity and Charles E. Stovall were issued an Agreed Temporary Restraining Order (on July 24, 1975).
Pacific Basin University School of Medicine El Paso No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Offers courses in Juarez, Mexico. Claims to be approved to operate a medical school in Micronesia.
Spartan Health Sciences University, School of Medicine El Paso No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. AKA Spartan University of Health Sciences; St. Lucia School of Medicine.
St. Mary's School of Medicine El Paso No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Operated in various locations in the United States. Incorporated in the Cook Islands. Appears to no longer operatng.
Standford University Dallas; Florida No accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Claims to be located in Dallas, but address information is fraudulent. Not to be confused with the legitimate Stanford University in California.
Stanton University Round Mountain; Marble Falls No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. This entity's mail drop in Hawaii closed by court order. Incorporated in Missouri, Louisiana, South Dakota.
Texas Christian Bible University Crowley No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Internet-based entity offering degrees for life experience in whatever subject desired for a "donation."
University of Honolulu USA Houston No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Also in Utah, Thailand, and Pakistan. Office appears to be located in Utah. No link to Hawaii.
Warnborough University Canyon; United Kingdom; Ireland See Adjunct College. No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. Also has operated in Washington, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Washington DC.
Western States University Austin No degree-granting authority from the CB and no accreditation from a CB recognized accreditor. May be related to Western States University of Professional Studies, Doniphan, Missouri.

This page was posted on July 20, 2006.

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