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Consumer Protection

As part of the Coordinating Board's mission, the agency protects the public from entities offering fraudulent or substandard degrees. It is the Coordinating Board's goal to protect students who may be misled into receiving fraudulent or substandard degrees; the general public, including employers, who depend on degrees to assure that individuals have specific skills and knowledge; and legitimate colleges and universities, and their graduates, whose degrees would be devalued by the use of fraudulent or substandard degrees.

Texas law requires colleges and universities operating in Texas to be approved by the Coordinating Board or accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the Board. Links to the relevant laws and rules are listed at the bottom of the page. Click here to find the colleges and universities headquartered in Texas, or with a Texas presence, whose degrees are legal to use in Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions about fraudulent or substandard degrees, accreditation, and state oversight of private colleges and universities.

Institutions Whose Degrees are Illegal to Use in Texas

Additional consumer protection information about colleges and universities.


Links to related rules and statutes

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