Alabama education officials are cracking down on the exploding market for shady internet courses and degrees and have taken action against four unaccredited Birmingham-based online colleges, the Birmingham News reports. "These are not real schools and are operating in ways that are not in the best interest of their students," said Lynn Thrower, the associate general counsel assigned to ramp up enforcement. Last week, Chadwick University was notified its license to offer degrees had been revoked. The state Department of Postsecondary Education also denied applications to operate online schools from Southern State University and Paramount University of Technology, which listed


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