In July 2007, the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP) of Mexico issued an alert listing eleven institutions that are unaccredited in Mexico
: Atlantic International University, Pacific Western University, Endicott College (Endicott College in Massachusetts is fully accredited.), Alliant International University, United States International University, Newport University (not to be confused with University of Wales, Newport), Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, Westbridge University
, West Coast University, Bircham International University, and Vision International University.
Some of them were alleged to be committing academic fraud, through the issuance of degrees for a price after short durations (between seven and 60 days).
The Secretariat announced a public relations campaign to warn employers, students and parents of prospective students against this form of fraud
. In future, Mexican private universities would be required to include official government registration information, including numbers and dates, in all publicity materials.